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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential Paperback – January 2, 2009
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"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, NH
"Filled with real-world examples and 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, MA
"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. It presents practical and proven techniques based on rigorous scientific research."--Peter Farrell, PhD, University of Manchester, UK; past president, International School Psychology Association
"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
About the Author
Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders. His research and publications focus on understanding and treatment of learning and attention difficulties. 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book isn't an instant silver bullet solution, but it provides new ways of thinking and conceptualizing about your children's (and your own) strengths and weaknesses. If your children are also very smart, I also *highly* recommend reading this book together with:...Read more ›
One thing the book talks about is how OUR own executive weaknesses can exacerbate our kids' struggles. Through reading this section I realized I have HUGE problem in estimating how long things take to accomplish, and how this has affected my life, in creating stress for me, and how this has impacted my being able to help my son, who also has this weakness.
I also appreciate the respectful tone the book has towards the struggles kids have. The authors do not focus on blame, but rather focus on dealing with the problems and solving them
Extremely practical, realistic and hopeful. Two words--BUY IT! You won't be disappointed.
This book is an excellent introduction for someone not familiar with the concept. It does a nice job of having the parent look at his/her own executive skills deficits and how that impacts interactions with child. There are many examples of ways to approach specific situations. I was bored half-way through the book, and skimming rapidly. There was a lot which was not relevant to my teen.
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I learned a lot about my son and about myself by reading this book. I'm keeping it for future reference to use when needed.....as I'm sure it will continue to be. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jill Toler
Parent friendly and highly recommended students that are disorganized or have issues with executive functioning skills. Read morePublished 16 days ago by des
I think this is a good starter book for helping to understand you and help your young to young teenage child. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Royene Bozek
This book was a good learning experience for me. I have no children of my own but I am planning on having one soon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Staci
As a parent, you might look for different tools to help with your parenting skills and how to help your children with many things. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie Twinam
My 9-year-old daughter, "A," has been struggling with staying on task. I've been struggling to parent her through it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Beth
This book, Smart but Scattered is an excellent read for anyone wanting to understand more about why they or their child has a scattered life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Edwards