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Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

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By (author) Peg Dawson, By (author) Richard Guare

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 314 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 251mm x 33mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 2 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593854455
  • ISBN 13: 9781593854454
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 3,633

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There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how. See also the authors' Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential.

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Peg Dawson, EdD, works as a clinical school psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of School Psychologists.Richard Guare, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders. His research and publications focus on understanding and treatment of learning and attention difficulties and neurological disorders. Board certified as a behavior analyst, Dr. Guare frequently consults to schools and agencies.Drs. Dawson and Guare have over 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with learning, attention, and behavior difficulties. They are also the authors of Smart but Scattered Teens.

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"Do you feel stymied by your child's failure to live up to his or her potential? Have you run out of ideas about how to handle the situation? Look no further/m-/this fascinating and readable book is packed full of useful ideas that will help you understand what the problem is and how you can help. It presents practical and proven techniques based on rigorous scientific research." - Peter Farrell, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; past president, International School Psychology Association "The best parent resource on executive skills that I have seen. As a parent of three children, one of whom has learning disabilities, and as a special education associate who works in the classroom, I highly recommend this book. It shows there is hope for children who are struggling, and offers practical, detailed advice." - L. Libbey, parent, Hampton, New Hampshire, USA "Filled with real-world examples and real-world solutions, this easy-to-read book is the first comprehensive guide to the management of children's executive skills. It gets to the heart of the matter, offering both parents and teachers accessible and highly efficient means to cope with a gamut of obstacles faced by children of all ages and abilities." - Kristina Mecelicaite, special education coordinator, North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA "Drs. Dawson and Guare translate cutting-edge research into meaningful, practical, well-organized, and easy-to-implement strategies that parents can use to enhance a child's natural executive abilities. This brilliant book is by far the best on the topic that I have read to date." - Russell A. Barkley, author of Taking Charge of ADHD "If you've ever wondered why your child struggles academically or behaviorally - despite having 'the right stuff' to succeed - this book is essential reading. Drs. Dawson and Guare explain the importance of executive skills and provide science-based strategies that empower you to start helping your child today." - Sam Goldstein, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children "For all parents who wonder why their children struggle academically or behaviorally - despite having 'the right stuff' to succeed - this book is essential reading. Executive skills are widely recognized as critical to children's academic, social, and interpersonal functioning. Dawson and Guare clearly explain the importance of executive skills and provide a reasoned set of strategies that empower parents to foster these key capabilities in their children. Educators, too, will find this book a welcome contribution." - Sam Goldstein, Research Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, USA "The authors provide a satisfying framework for creating environmental supports in areas needed and supplying the hands-on direction necessary for children to function well and build confidence. While Susan Ericksen's distinct and assertive enunciation promotes respect for these ideas, her warmth also makes them sound inviting." - AudioFile (December 2012)

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered. How Did Such a Smart Kid End Up So Scattered? Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Weaknesses. How Your Own Executive Strengths and Weaknesses Matter. Matching the Child to the Task. Part II: Laying a Foundation That Can Help. Ten Principles for Improving Your Child's Executive Skills. Modifying the Environment: A is for Antecedent. Teaching Executive Skills Directly: B is for Behavior. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C is for Consequence. Part III: Putting it all Together. Advance Organizer. Ready-made Plans for Teaching Your Child to Complete Daily Routines. Building Response Inhibition. Enhancing Working Memory. Improving Emotional Control. Strengthening Sustained Attention. Teaching Task Initiation. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing. Fostering Organization. Instilling Time Management. Encouraging Flexibility. Increasing Goal-directed Persistence. Cultivating Metacognition. When What You Do is Not Enough. Working with the School. What's Ahead?