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ISBN# 978-1-60623-571-3
Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents

Publication Date: 2010
Peg Dawson,
Richard Guare
 

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About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a licensed clinical school psychologist. Currently, she is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, an agency within Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Richard Guare, PhD, a neuropsychologist, serves as Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Summary

Concise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching, and whole-class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists, and planning sheets.

New to This Edition

  • Revised and expanded to reflect significant advances in the field.
  • Chapter on classroom teaching routines that target executive skills during daily work and instruction.
  • Chapters on integrating executive skills strategies into a response-to-intervention model and managing transitions to a new grade or school.
  • More reproducibles, one of the book's most popular features.
  • Increased attention to children who don't have a specific learning disorder but still struggle in school.
  • Reviews

    "This is an exceptionally useful book which I highly recommend."
    -Schooldays Magazine

    "Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, is a thoughtful, thorough, and timely resource for education students, practitioners, and school psychologists. This book is the definitive examination of executive functioning in children and adolescents. It is comprehensive in its coverage and highlights the need for assessment of executive skills in the classroom. This is an excellent reference for practitioners designing instructional programs for students who need additional training in executive skills."
    -Tina Stanton-Chapman, PhD, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia

    "This is a rich and practical resource for all those working with children, including educators, therapists, and psychologists. Dawson and Guare demystify the complex and often confusing construct of executive function, citing its neurological basis, but also providing practical insights about how executive dysfunction affects the lives of students of all ages and ability levels. Notably, Dawson and Guare address executive functions from a developmental perspective, acknowledging the dynamic interaction between brain development and the ever-changing societal demands placed on children. The second edition also addresses the issue of primary prevention of executive function problems. Readers will especially appreciate the case examples and recommendations for intervention in the classroom, home, and in therapeutic and coaching settings, as well as the many intervention guides provided in the appendices."
    -E. Mark Mahone, PhD, ABPP, Director, Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    "The book represents a welcome step forward in designing and implementing interventions and supports to promote executive function at home and in the classroom. Dawson and Guare integrate up-to-date theory with interventions that take a real-world, problem-solving approach to the full spectrum of executive difficulties, from inhibitory control and emotional regulation to initiation, working memory, planning, and organization. An essential 'how-to' manual."
    -Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School

    "This invaluable resource has been updated, reorganized, and expanded. The authors blend theory and practice to provide a thorough understanding of why and how to implement interventions for executive skills deficits. The book is formatted for quick, easy reference with concise tables, figures, and forms; the language and content are professional yet very user friendly. Presented are widely applicable intervention strategies that will help facilitate immediate results for school practitioners and teachers."
    -Stephen G. Hoppin, PsyD, school psychologist, Jefferson County School District, Colorado

    "This is a comprehensive resource for professionals who work with children of all ages. The authors include helpful and practical tables, checklists, and steps for many general classroom routines, as well as assessments and interventions for specific executive skills. The second edition provides an expanded response-to-intervention framework for applying the instructional techniques with whole classes and individual students."
    -Patti L. Harrison, PhD, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama

    Contents

    1. Overview of Executive Skills
    2. Assessing Executive Skills
    3. Linking Assessment to Intervention
    4. Interventions to Promote Executive Skills
    5. Specific Teaching Routines to Promote Executive Skills Development
    6. Interventions for Specific Executive Skills Domains
    7. Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits
    8. Executive Skills Interventions within a Response-to-Intervention Framework
    9. Applications to Specific Populations
    10. Planning for Transitions

    Appendix: Reproducible Forms