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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by [Dawson, Peg, Guare, Richard]
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"Dawson and Guare's work should be considered essential." ---Library Journal Starred Review

About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she works with children and adults. With Richard Guare, PhD, she is coauthor of the bestselling Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens.

Richard Guare, PhD, is the director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders. His research and publications focus on the understanding and treatment of learning and attention difficulties.

Susan Ericksen lives on the East Coast, where she performs on stage and on television. An Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has recorded many audiobooks.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1st edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D7D57K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I noticed that a lot of reviews were written by special ed teachers and psychologists, and wanted to add mine as a parent. This book FINALLY shed light on the challenges my son faces at home and school. It not only gave me concrete tools and ideas to help him strengthen his executive skills, but also an understanding of what was going on, which led to more patience on my part. Nagging him to get organized and constantly reminding him to stay on task was not helping. His executive skill weaknesses were beginning to lead to low self-esteem and a "better not to try than to fail" attitude. This book has helped me to begin turning that around. It was recommended to me by a psychologist. If anyone has ever hinted that your child might be ADHD-- read this book before accepting any labels.
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Another parent here. I have three highly gifted kids who nevertheless seem unable to accomplish simple tasks. A friend recommended this book, and it's forcing me to endure a complete paradigm shift, not only about my expectations for them, but of my own weaknesses in this area. Sure, I've had trouble staying organized, I start tasks only to leave them half-completed, and I feel like I have far more potential than I produce. But until I took the inventory for parents in this book, I didn't realize how truly weak my own executive skills are all around (unless I'm inspired, and then I'm a machine! ... just like my daughter). My husband took the quiz and -- not surprisingly -- his EF (executive function) skills are nearly off the charts on the other end. He laughed a little as he said he wondered how honest I was going to be, but he agreed with my self-assessment. Suddenly, I understand why a disastrous house sends me into tears, but he can get to work and make it spotless in a couple hours. But this book also showed me that it's not an inherent personality failure on my part -- it's that I never learned these skills properly! After just a weekend of talking about some issues together, my daughter (8) and I have created strategies to help us with our organizational skills. I'm also staying more patient with my 5-yr-old son, who is pretty much a 1 on emotional control (but quite good with organization).

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.
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I bought this about 8 months ago to read for tips on how to help our teenage son, who has high functioning autism,ADD, and anxiety. It has become possibly the best book resource for helping us help him with organization at home and school. I just read a section to him yesterday as we were considering the possibility of increasing his medication--the checklist of questions provided in the book helped us to make our decision.

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.
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If you have a choice between print & kindle editions, buy the print. There are lots of quizzes & charts which are not well formatted for the kindle.

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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This book is fantastic for anyone that has a child with ADD. This book provides easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills needed to overcome ADD. I have noticed a vast improvement in my child since implementing techniques. I have suffered from ADD as well and have taken medication such as Adderall and recently started using a supplement called Adderdrene Adderdrene XR - Scientifically Formulated to Increase Brain Function, Mental Focus, Memory, and Provides Immediate and Long-Lasting Energy! to help with my ADD, it really helps to keep my mind focused and helps me make it through the work day. Thank you, and definitely read this book if your child has ADD.
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I initially checked this book out at the library, read it, re-read it and then photocopied a few pages and returned it. I have a child who struggles with all areas of organizational skills, time management, goal directed behavior and this book has practical suggestions on how to address the problems in a systematic way and while recognizing that the improvements will not be immediate. For example, my son would disappear into his bedroom to put his shoes on, get distracted by a book or toy and 15 minutes later, I would find him on the floor in his bedroom with his shoes still off. By setting a goal for him to require less reminders (instead of going from 10 reminders to 0 reminders), we can make progress toward the goal without getting discouraged along the way. I found myself wanting to use this book for reference when a new problem would crop up. It's well written, gives great examples and illustrations and is a great resource for those who are parenting or teaching kids who struggle with executive skills. I have many parenting resources and this one stands alone with its' detailed and systematic approach to helping kids develop life-skills.
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