Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg DawsonSmart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their…

byPeg Dawson, Richard GuareEditorPeg Dawson

Paperback | December 5, 2008

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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 and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, an academic planner for middle and high school students and related titles for professionals.
Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she works with children and adults. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International Schoo...
Title:Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their…Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2008Publisher:Guilford PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book for parents or any person working with children. It helps you to find ways for your child or student to be more organized, prepared and effective in school and in life. Many children would benefit greatly from being taught some of these skills.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have reference for parents My husband & I attended a short lecture by one of the authors put on by our local school board. Her practical approach to understanding executive function problem-solving helped us to focus on what was important. Peg Dawson is easy to follow and she impressed my DH who's a hard sell on these presentations or books. Were an entire family of scattered brains (ADHD) and learned a lot about realistic expectations. Great read for anyone, but especially wonderful for parents who want to support their kids while giving them the best opportunities to grow and cope with the demands of life & school.
Date published: 2012-11-23

Table of Contents


I. What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered

1. How Did Such a Smart Kid End Up So Scattered?

2. Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Weaknesses

3. How Your Own Executive Strengths and Weaknesses Matter

4. Matching the Child to the Task

II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help

5. Ten Principles for Improving Your Child's Executive Skills

6. Modifying the Environment:AIs forAntecedent

7. Teaching Executive Skills Directly:BIs forBehavior

8. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills:CIs forConsequence

III. Putting It All Together

9. Advance Organizer

10. Ready-Made Plans for Teaching Your Child to Complete Daily Routines

11. Building Response Inhibition

12. Enhancing Working Memory

13. Improving Emotional Control

14. Strengthening Sustained Attention

15. Teaching Task Initiation

16. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing

17. Fostering Organization

18. Instilling Time Management

19. Encouraging Flexibility

20. Increasing Goal-Directed Persistence

21. Cultivating Metacognition

22. When What You Do Is Not Enough

23. Working with the School

24. What's Ahead?

Editorial Reviews

"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, NH "Filled with real-world examples and 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, MEd, special education coordinator, North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg, MA"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--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, PhD, University of Manchester, UK; past president, International School Psychology Association "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, PhD, coauthor of "Raising Resilient Children""Drs. Dawson and Guaretranslate 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, PhD, ABPP, author of "Taking Charge of ADHD"