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"An absolute 'must read' for parents. Many detailed examples show you exactly how to teach your teenager the skills needed for success in school and beyond. The clever strategies for getting around teens' creative resistance to making changes are particularly helpful. I will recommend this gem of a book to all of the parents and adolescents I treat."--Arthur L. Robin, PhD, coauthor of Your Defiant Teen

"Executive skills are critical to success in life, but may be delayed in some teens and young adults--and parents are often at a loss for how to help. Smart but Scattered Teens is just what parents need. This is a highly useful guide for improving teens' executive skills and motivating them to use the skills they already have."--Patricia O. Quinn, MD, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College

"Does your teen's behavior have you tearing out your hair in frustration? Quit nagging and use this wonderfully insightful and practical book to coach your 'smart but scattered' teen for personal, educational, and social success."--William Pfohl, PsyD, past president, International School Psychology Association

"I was hooked from the first chapter! This book has opened my eyes to ways to foster my son's strengths, not just criticize his weaknesses. With all the issues we battle daily, it's easy to forget the power of the positive. I'm thrilled to have a specific plan of action for targeting the skills my son needs to do better in school and become more focused and responsible."--Kim L.



"The book's 'executive skills' are the critical tools needed to solve problems, manage time, and perform tasks. As many parents know, tweens and teens often lack these abilities....A very helpful addition to parenting shelves."
(Library Journal 2013-02-14)

About the Author

Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 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.

Peg Dawson, EdD, works as a clinical school psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  With over 30 years of clinical experience, Drs. Dawson and Guare are coauthors of the bestselling Smart but Scattered, which focuses on younger children and preteens.

Colin Guare, a 25-year-old freelance writer who grew up with an attention disorder, has contributed to ADDitude magazine and has worked with children with learning disorders.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 Csm edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609182294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609182298
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a kid who's gifted & in gifted classes. Understands high level concepts, but can't figure out how to organize his locker or manage to turn in his homework - even though he's completed it. It's been bandied about maybe he has autism or ADD, but those didn't fit. This book describes him to a T. Not having the frontal lobe of his brain maturing at the same rate as his peers is a simple, logical explanation & the ensuing ways to deal are enlightening & helpful. This book was a god-send. It was suggested by his gifted teacher after she spent time with him.
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As a clinical psychologist I regard this as one of the best resources for parents of teens. This helps parents to look at the teen with ADHD as having some executive skills impairments that need remediation and understanding. Parents also rate their own executive skills and can try to be a better fit in parenting these adolescents. There are many constructive suggestions in this book and I highly recommend it.
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The best part was when the author brought up the point that we may see thier deficits and want to help our teens improve, but if they don't see it as a problem, or necessarily even want our help, it's never going to work. Excellent advice to keep in mind as we work WITH teens, not against.
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An excellent reference. I read the entire book through, completed the quizzes. I have had a few talks about executive skills with my daughter, but after about 5 minutes, I can see her eyes glaze over, and know that all she's hearing is BLAH BLAH BLAH (if I could just get to my phone...) BLAH BLAH BLAH. Finally, I just gave her the book and told her what to read. Thankfully, she loves quizzes and checklists, so when she took the ones in the book, everything I had been saying suddenly became crystal clear. When she scored those quizzes, she could see exactly where her strengths and weaknesses are. For a teen, the ability to step back and take an objective look at your own behaviour is a huge step! We now have a broader, more objective picture of her abilities, and from there we can work out a plan. That is the next hurdle. I recommend using this book as a tool to empower your teen and open up a dialogue about working with your own strengths and weaknesses. It has been a great help for us.
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Smart but Scattered Teens is a must for any proud parent of a teen coping with a learning disability. Unlike many similar books, it presents information and suggestions in a real-life, applicable manner. The authors present the material in an organized, readable, fashion, where a parent (or even a teen, for that matter) could read the book from cover to cover, or select individual sections most applicable to their situation.

The book also contains several hypothetical situations that many teens may find themselves in (think of speeding in a car). It then contains some interesting reactions, both from professionals and from real life teens, on how to respond, learn, and grow based on from such experiences.

Ultimately, if your teen could use a little, or a lot, of help developing the executive skills necessary to succeed in life, this book is for you.

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I have a high school freshman who needs help pulling it all together. This book is great...gives you some perspective on why they do the things they do (or maybe don't do the things they need to do). Sometimes when you ask them why, and they say I don't know why....they really don't know why!!!! Includes strategies they need to help work through and deal with the executive skills they are lacking.
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Executive skills help keep us on track, and many students and adults struggle with this. As a high school teacher I see examples of how a lack of this skill drag students down and keep them from being successful in every aspect of their lives.
A must read!
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I've been working with my son with ADHD for ten years trying to find something that actually works. This books provides the tools to help parents work in a positive way to teach their teens skills that they lack or are weak with.
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