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Smart But Scattered
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IntroductionI. What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered1. 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 Help5. 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 Behavior8. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C Is for Consequence III. Putting It All Together9. 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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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.

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"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/m-/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, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; past president, International School Psychology Association "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, USA "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, special education coordinator, North Central Charter Essential School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA "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, author of Taking Charge of ADHD "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, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children "For all parents who wonder why their children struggle academically or behaviorally - despite having 'the right stuff' to succeed - this book is essential reading. Executive skills are widely recognized as critical to children's academic, social, and interpersonal functioning. Dawson and Guare clearly explain the importance of executive skills and provide a reasoned set of strategies that empower parents to foster these key capabilities in their children. Educators, too, will find this book a welcome contribution." - Sam Goldstein, Research Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, USA

The audio version of 2009's Smart but Scattered by the coauthors of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents posits that the reason that intelligent, motivated youngsters succeed at certain things (e.g., soccer) but struggle with others (e.g., cleaning their rooms) relates to executive function-those cognitive processes that regulate delayed gratification, planning, working memory, and more. Embedded PDFs contain diagnostic components to help parents assess any lopsidedness in their children's executive functions; once problems are identified and placed within the rubric of the parents' own cognitive skills, realistic expectations can be put into play. -Susan Ericksen provides a clear, sympathetic reading. The concerned Tough presents a condensation of the issues facing contemporary American educators. Though the material is well written, listeners will soon tire of track after track of different schools' innovations and approaches. Tough recounts the struggles and achievements of giant school systems (e.g., Chicago's), elite institutions, and innovators like YAP (Youth Advocate Programs), which creates "substitute or supplemental family structures for children who don't have them." Other than advocating attachment parenting, Tough's focus is more on research and funding, obscuring identification of ways parents can help children to develop the titular grit and character. Dan John Miller provides an effective reading. VERDICT Dawson and Guare's interesting work attempts to strike a balance between providing informational background and acting as a how-to manual; the result is not enough of either. This title is best suited to motivated, college-educated readers. Listeners interested in a survey course about the plight of the educational system can do no better than Tough's book, but caveat emptor-it is not a how-to volume.-Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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