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

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

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 293 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 30mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1609182294
  • ISBN 13: 9781609182298
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 15,882

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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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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, PhD, 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."--Patricia O. Quinn, MD, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College "Does your teen's behavior have you tearing out your hair in frustration? Quit nagging and use this wonderfully insightful and practical book to coach your 'smart but scattered' teen for personal, educational, and social success."--William Pfohl, PsyD, past president, International School Psychology Association "I was hooked from the first chapter! This book has opened my eyes to ways to foster my son's strengths, not just criticize his weaknesses. With all the issues we battle daily, it's easy to forget the power of the positive. I'm thrilled to have a specific plan of action for targeting the skills my son needs to do better in school and become more focused and responsible."--Kim L.

Table of contents

Authors' Note Introduction I. What Makes Your Teen Smart but Scattered 1. Executive Skills and the Teen Brain 2. Identifying Your Teen's Executive Skills Strengths and Weaknesses 3. Assessing Your Own Executive Skills and Parenting Style II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help 4. Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen's Executive Skills 5. Motivating Your Teen to Use Executive Skills 6. Modifying the Environment 7. Teaching Executive Skills III. Putting It All Together 8. Advance Organizer 9. Enhancing Response Inhibition 10. Strengthening Working Memory 11. Increasing Emotional Control 12. Boosting Flexibility 13. Building Sustained Attention 14. Teaching Task Initiation 15. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing 16. Fostering Organization 17. Improving Time Management 18. Encouraging Goal-Directed Persistence 19. Cultivating Metacognition 20. Coaching 21. Transitions Resources