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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series) [Paperback]

Peg Dawson , Richard Guare
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February 17, 2010 1606235710 978-1606235713 2nd

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.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.


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"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
 
"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 

"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 

"As a school psychologist, I am always looking for resources that take the latest research and translate it into everyday practice. Dawson and Guare provide practical, specific, and easy-to-use guidelines for intervening with students at every tier of the RTI process. From assessment to intervention to progress monitoring, the book is packed with clear routines and tools to use in consulting with teachers, parents, and administrators. It also has a wealth of information about how to intervene with whole classes, small groups, and individual students. My copy of the first edition is well worn, and I can already tell the second edition will be as well, because of its practical and easily reproducible materials."--Rebecca Branstetter, PhD, school psychologist, Oakland Unified School District, California 
 
"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

 



"This is an exceptionally useful book which I highly recommend."--Schooldays Magazine
(Schooldays Magazine 2010-02-19)

About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Richard Guare, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and board-certified behavior analyst who serves as director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center. Dr. Guare serves as a consultant to schools and agencies in programs for autism, learning and behavior disorders, and acquired brain injuries. He has presented and published research and clinical work involving attention, executive skills, and neurological disorders.


Product Details

  • Series: The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2nd edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606235710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606235713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement Award.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This is well thought out, easy to use and the reproducable activities in the back of the book cover about every scenario you can think of - and some you didn't. The sections to survey student, an important factor in helping students help themselves, is something frequently overlooked.

Without reading the whole book - I was using some of the materials within 10 minutes of opening the box. If you are teacher or parent of the disorganized you will find ways to help support your student in their education.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful resource September 11, 2010
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This is a very useful resource for working with parents, teachers and students. It helps to identify students' STRENGTHS as well as weaknesses. When a student and I go through the questionnaire and then I say, "It looks like you are really good at..." the student is surprised and is much more accepting of, "And it looks like you could use some help with..." The book also offers specific ways to help students develop some of the skills in which they may be weaker. This is my favorite book for working with students who haven't been very successful at school.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for today's differentiated classroom August 3, 2010
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Entering the phrase "executive functioning" on Google resulted in 2,780,000 hits today. Any phrase with that many hits has to be included when addressing student difficulty in the classroom! The authors are very clear in stating that executive skills are not addressed in the traditional intelligence/achievement test batteries. This cluster of skills include planning/directing behavior, working memory, sustained attention, and goal-directed persistence to name only a few.

Dawson and Guare include chapters on the neurological working of the brain, methods of assessing executive functioning, linking assessment to intervention (both with individual students and with a class), coaching, implementing strategies within an RTI framework, and diagnosed populations. The chapter on transitions, either between classes or schools, is also very useful.

The concern in this book is on addressing symptoms/behaviors which may be interfering with a student's success. While useful to a wide population of adults wishing to implement a positive change in a student, it must be remembered that behavioral checklists provide only one source of information for a very complex set of skills. The use of published, standardized behavior checklists are discussed as an adjunct to the material covered in this book.

This revised book will prove to be a very useful reference for those responsible for recommending and/or implementing strategies for struggling students.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Teachers and Parents November 21, 2010
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Breaks executive functioning down into component skills, and for each skill: clear definition, how to identify if this skill is a problem, and then skill-specific interventions (for both home and school).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For helping kids with Executive Dysfunction May 4, 2011
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This is a very helpful book - for parents and school professionals alike if you are working with children with ADD and/or other executive function deficits. There are blank forms that are easily able to be reproduced and many reasonable suggestions. I purchased it for a classroom however I ended up loaning it to my neighbor.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars executive functioning February 10, 2011
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Excellent book, an essential reference for school psychologists. This whole area of study represents actual progress in our understanding of child psychology. How rare for a discipline otherwise preoccupied with
guild issues and endless rehashes of 1960's thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great relief to find this great resource February 10, 2014
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I am beginning to work with adolescents with Executive Function challenges and this book is an incredible resource. It is easy to read and understand. It takes the reader from learning about EF to creating interventions to help students. If you want to work with adolescents with EF challenges, this book is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The textbook has excellent information and many usable charts, contracts and checklists for teenage students and elementary students. While the information was exactly what I wanted, the more usable checklists and charts were not designed for early childhood and those who teach young children.
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