by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills-the core, brain-based habits of mind required to "execute" tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions.
Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills-the core, brain-based habits of mind required to "execute" tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.
"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, New Hampshire
"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."
-Kristina Mecelicaite, MEd, special education coordinator, North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
"Drs. Dawson and Guare translate 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
Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff 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 National Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.
314 Pages, Size: 7" x 10", November 2008
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?
Stock: Available Jan 09. Preorder available.