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
"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
"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."
-Peter Farrell, PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; past president, International School Psychology Association
- What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered
- How Did Such a Smart Kid End Up So Scattered?
- Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Weaknesses
- How Your Own Executive Strengths and Weaknesses Matter
- Matching the Child to the Task
- Laying a Foundation That Can Help
- Ten Principles for Improving Your Child's Executive Skills
- Modifying the Environment: A Is for Antecedent
- Teaching Executive Skills Directly: B Is for Behavior
- Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C Is for Consequence
- Putting It All Together
- Advance Organizer
- Ready-Made Plans for Teaching Your Child to Complete Daily Routines
- Building Response Inhibition
- Enhancing Working Memory
- Improving Emotional Control
- Strengthening Sustained Attention
- Teaching Task Initiation
- Promoting Planning and Prioritizing
- Fostering Organization
- Instilling Time Management
- Encouraging Flexibility
- Increasing Goal-Directed Persistence
- Cultivating Metacognition
- When What You Do Is Not Enough
- Working with the School
- What's Ahead?