Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary 'Executive Skills' Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potentialby Peg Dawson and Richard Guare Guilford Publications
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-Executive skills are a hot topic: the authors’ professional book has over 25,000 in print.
-Practical, doable, and concise: arms parents and
teachers with needed information and easy-to-use tools.
-Positive approach shows parents why children fail in areas where they “should” succeed—and exactly how to help.
-Research-based, real-world interventions from two recognized experts in the field.
AUDIENCEParents of 4- to 14-year-olds; also of interest to teachers, school psychologists, and other mental health professionals who work with children. The approach is suitable for children with ADHD or learning disabilities as well as those without a clinical diagnosis.
''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.''/m-/Kristina Mecelicaite, MEd, special education coordinator, North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg, MA
''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 kids who are struggling, and offers practical, detailed advice.''Linda Libbey, parent, Hampton, New Hampshire
''Two of my kids, when asked to clean their bedrooms, react entirely differently. One completes the task quickly and efficiently, in an organized fashion. The other doesn't know where to start, feels overwhelmed, and fails to make much headway with the mess. The difference is executive skills! I am very excited about the approach in this book, which is helping me work with my daughter to build these crucial abilities./Linda Libbey, parent, Hampton, New Hampshire
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: A Is for Antecedent
7. Teaching Executive Skills Directly: B Is for Behavior
8. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C Is for Consequence
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?
Richard Guare, PhD, a neuropsychologist, is 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 with learning, attention, and behavior difficulties. Together, they are the authors of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, a practical guide for school professionals.