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

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

Paperback | December 5, 2008

byPeg Dawson, Richard GuareEditorPeg Dawson

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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.

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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 l...

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.

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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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

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?