Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential PDF AZW3 EPUB MOBI TXT Download

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” child 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. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

Peg Dawson
Guilford Press; 1st edition (January 2, 2009)
314 pages

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“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 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”Groundbreaking….Compassionate and parent friendly….Dawson and Guare’s personal anecdotes lend immediacy….Smart but Scattered is comprehensive, accessible, and hopeful….Dawson and Guare’s work should be considered essential.” ― Library Journal Published On: 2009-01-04″Fun to read….This book is quite interactive….Questionnaires are provided both for children (of various ages) as well as parents, so that they can both see their strengths and weaknesses….Techniques to teach executive skills are shown in a step-wise manner, and planning sheets are available throughout the text….Another strength of this book is its focus on the emotional aspect of executive functioning, and providing strategies to bolster the emotional skill set of children….Strongly recommended for any parent who wishes to help their children maximize their potential, even if they do not have identified academic or behavioral struggles.” ― Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Published On: 2013-02-01″The authors provide a satisfying framework for creating environmental supports in areas needed and supplying the hands-on direction necessary for children to function well and build confidence. While Susan Ericksen’s distinct and assertive enunciation promotes respect for these ideas, her warmth also makes them sound inviting.” ― AudioFile Published On: 2012-12-01 About the Author Peg Dawson, EdD, is a psychologist on the staff of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She also does professional development training on executive skills for schools and organizations nationally and internationally. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International School Psychology Association, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP. She is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Smart but Scattered–and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults), and The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (with a focus on adults). Dr. Dawson is also coauthor of The Work-Smart Academic Planner, Revised Edition, and books for professionals including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition. Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Guare’s research and publications focus on the understanding and treatment of learning and attention difficulties. He is a neuropsychologist and board-certified behavior analyst who frequently consults to schools and agencies. He is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Smart but Scattered–and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults), and The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (with a focus on adults). Dr. Guare is also coauthor of The Work-Smart Academic Planner, Revised Edition, and books for professionals including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition. <div id="

  • OMG I hated this book and even found it offensive.Despite the claims on the cover, the entire approach of this book is nothing revolutionary, it’s just straight up behaviorist methods: if you do what I like, you get a star; if you don’t do what I like, you get a punishment. Lots of people I otherwise respect believe in behaviorism, and it can be very effective in the short term, but it can cause longterm problems.But what I found really offensive about this book was its utterly baseless fear mongering: there are hypothetical examples of a day dreaming child growing up to have auto accidents. What??? Is there ANY scientific correlation between childhood daydreaming and auto accidents? Of course not! And even if there were, would you really rely on an eighteen dollar book to deal with it? There are other hints that because your ten year old gets distracted cleaning his room, he may “fail to launch.” Or be unable to hold down a job. GIVE ME A BREAK. If messy rooms and not doing chores were predictors of later development, then wouldn’t like 80% of adults still be living with their parents? And where is it shown that submission to adults’ expectations results in greater independence in adulthood? I want to see that study. In fact, the one middle-aged guy I know who is unemployed and lives with his parents is extremely organized, punctual, etc. Go figure.And this is from the parent assessment: “I believe in starting right away, no matter what the task…” WHO would answer yes to this? No matter what the task? You never reflect? You never pace yourself? You never weigh priorities? Where’s the self-help book for that guy?Turns out the science behind this is very flimsy. Executive function is hard to measure. Even if you can manage to get your child to comply with behaviorist tactics without creating power struggles, there’s no evidence of longterm benefit–certainly not in reading or math scores:”But despite the promise and the hype — not to mention the many millions of dollars spent — it turns out there isn’t solid evidence that improving executive function actually leads to better grades. That’s the startling finding of a new meta-analysis, published in the journal Review of Educational Research, which looks at 67 studies of school-based programs that target executive function. In fact, this latest research found no support for the idea that improving those skills can lead directly to better test scores in reading or math.”
  • This book is actually really helpful as long as you buy the book and not the kindle edition. There are all kinds of helpful assessments and tables, that don’t show up correctly on a kindle. I ended up buying the book too.
  • I find this difficult to read. Seems to be longer and wordier than necessary. Perhaps my brain has become twitter adapted? Perhaps my kids get their executive function issues from me? I think the could accomplish the same objective in fewer, easier to read pages. (book is highly regarded and I’m sure the material is great – I just have a hard time reading it because of the writing style)
  • The title describes my daughter to a T. This book has been extremely helpful in learning how to work with her in a positive way and help her to take advantage of all the wonderful things about her. Smart but scattered children can be extremely frustrating and as parents we too often let the frustration guide us. This book helps to better understand this child and so keep the frustration from making the parenting decisions.
  • a tad interesting, but mostly confusing This is NOT an easy read, You have to be prepared. With a laptop or pen and pad. There is just so much information seeping through the pages. Don’t get me wrong – I love the ‘waiting room’ books, this is just not the one. It is extremely comprehensive text. There s information overkill. Warning: if you buy this book, be mentally and physically prepared (see the suggestion of laptop above) Good luck!
  • Gives excellent insight into why ADHD children learn and respond differently than children without these difficulties. Excellent advice and parenting techniques that actually work. If you are tired of repeating the same things over and over again to get your child to do something or everything, read this book.
  • This book is fantastic. The information is well organized, there is no unnecessary repetition, and the formatting is easy to use.Numerous questionnaires help the reader assess a child’s strengths and weaknesses and there are plenty of specific examples of how to addread these weaknesses. I really like that example for lots of different age groups are given.I really like that practical steps are emphasized, and that the suggestions are doable within any typical family.
  • I’m pretty smart but this book is boring and by the time I get to the end of the chapter I’m trying to figure out if I learned anything at all. I wanted questions answered in a forthright manner – this is a snooze fest. Looking for another book that is more basic. I’m not a mental health professional just a mom looking for some help. Thank you
  • This book is recommended reading if you’re struggling to achieve academic successes with your pre-adolescent. Usefully, it points out that any executive skill deficiencies your child might be experiencing are probably experienced by you as well and that gets rid of those uncomfortable feelings when you notice your child doing exactly the same dumb things you did and still do. For example, I used to be shy of asking for help and I was told by a teacher that he is too. The book spills over with advice, anecdotes, warm-hearted stories of overcoming executive skill deficit and is laid out a bit like a text book. It’s a large format and resembles those for Dummies books except the cover isn’t such a bright color. It scans a long period of childhood, 4 to 13 years old, but I didn’t become aware of it until my DS was 10. It’s very good on verbal scaffolding where you look at details which might seem trivial but if you explain slowly why we do things the way we do, kids will understand. I think this is an important book.
  • Haven’t waded through it all because there’s quite a lot to read.What is extremely useful is that it has questionnaires that elicit both the parent’s and the child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. And then individual chapters telling you how to develop those executive functions.Now I know why my daughter and I argue a lot. Our brains are wired differently, so skills that I could do with my eyes closed, she finds impossible and vice versa. If you suspect that you and/or your child are ADHD/Autistic, this book can help you.
  • Contains a lot of information on executive functions their dysfunction, and practical behavioural strategies to faciliate improvement. Relevant to those with (children with) ADD/ADHD.
  • I read only some pages and really liked it. Bought it for a parent because of her troubled daughter. Never had a feedback from the parent
  • About 1/3 through – so far, it seems very readable, easy to understand and very relevant. Would def recommend for parents with ADD child
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