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Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potentialby Peg Dawson
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Dawson and Guare (psychology, Center for Learning and Attention Disorders) have written this guide for parents who need their children to develop "executive skills," or the ability to complete tasks and solve problems in a timely and organized manner. The authors provide step-by-step instructions on how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these children, and how to prepare a customized set of behavioral exercises that will motivate them toward improved work and study habits while controlling impulsive or emotional behaviors. A chapter is also included to help parents identify behavioral issues, such as attention-deficit disorders, that may require professional intervention. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kids who lag behind lack crucial skills required to execute such tasks as getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Here, the authors present an innovative program to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, follow through, and get things done. Includes 40 reproducibles.
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: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential.
About the Author
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.
Richard Guare, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and 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 and adolescents with learning, attention, and behavior difficulties. They are also the authors of Smart but Scattered Teens.
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: 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?
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