Smart But Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

Smart But Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential


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

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 293 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 254mm x 28mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1462506992
  • ISBN 13: 9781462506996
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 699,095

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"I told you, I'll do it later." "I forgot to turn in the stupid application." "Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again." "I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework!"If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. See also the authors' Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential, for a focus on 4- to 13-year-olds. Winner (Third Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category

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Author information

Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Peg Dawson, EdD, works as a clinical school psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With over 30 years of clinical experience, Drs. Dawson and Guare are coauthors of the bestselling Smart but Scattered, which focuses on younger children and preteens. Colin Guare, a 25-year-old freelance writer who grew up with an attention disorder, has contributed to ADDitude magazine and has worked with children with learning disorders.

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"An absolute 'must read' for parents. Many detailed examples show you exactly how to teach your teenager the skills needed for success in school and beyond. The clever strategies for getting around teens' creative resistance to making changes are particularly helpful. I will recommend this gem of a book to all of the parents and adolescents I treat." - Arthur L. Robin, coauthor of Your Defiant Teen "Executive skills are critical to success in life, but may be delayed in some teens and young adults and parents are often at a loss for how to help. Smart but Scattered Teens is just what parents need. This is a highly useful guide for improving teens' executive skills and motivating them to use the skills they already have.This is the most comprehensive book I have read on the subject, and one I highly recommend." - Patricia O. Quinn, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College "Adolescence can be a difficult developmental time, especially for those who are 'smart but scattered.' This book helps both parents and practitioners navigate the path more effectively. It is wonderfully rich with empirically based interventions presented in a user-friendly way. This book has many effective tools for coaching teens to improve their behavioral, educational, and social success." - William Pfohl, PsyD, Western Kentucky University, USA "Throughout the book, useful examples are provided and the layout encourages the reader to participate actively in completing quick checklists. ... This book has much useful, practical and sensible information in it, and is a useful introduction to the field of executive function. While its target audience is primarily parents, I think it has much to offer a wider audience." - Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine (Issue 66)

Table of contents

Authors' Note. Introduction. Part I. What Makes Your Teen Smart but Scattered. Executive Skills and the Teen Brain. Identifying Your Teen's Executive Skills Strengths and Weaknesses. Assessing Your Own Executive Skills and Parenting Style. Part II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help. Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen's Executive Skills. Motivating Your Teen to Use Executive Skills. Modifying the Environment. Teaching Executive Skills. Part III. Putting It All Together. Advance Organizer. Enhancing Response Inhibition. Strengthening Working Memory. Increasing Emotional Control. Boosting Flexibility. Building Sustained Attention. Teaching Task Initiation. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing. Fostering Organization. Improving Time Management. Encouraging Goal-Directed Persistence. Cultivating Metacognition. Coaching. Transitions. Resources.