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Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential Paperback – December 17, 2012
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"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.
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Peg Dawson, EdD, is a psychologist on the staff of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She also does professional development training on executive skills for schools and organizations nationally and internationally. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International School Psychology Association, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP. She is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Smart but Scattered--and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults), and The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (with a focus on adults). Dr. Dawson is also coauthor of The Work-Smart Academic Planner, Revised Edition, and books for professionals including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition.
Colin Guare, MS, is a registered behavior technician and writer who works with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and is currently pursuing his board certification in applied behavior analysis (BCBA). Mr. Guare brings a unique perspective to his work, having grown up with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and managed executive skill challenges throughout his life. With Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, he is coauthor of Smart but Scattered Teens and Smart but Scattered--and Stalled.
- ASIN : 1609182294
- Publisher : The Guilford Press; 1st edition (December 17, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 293 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781609182298
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609182298
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.01 x 0.75 x 9.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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➡️ This is one of the BEST RESOURCES for identifying, understanding, and responding to teenagers with EF challenges!
Not only might it help save your teenager's life but the nuggets of info found within (when applied) will help to save and strengthen the parent/child relationship and equip your teenager with skills they can use for life... long after you're done reminding them of everything they used to forget 😉
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However, moving on to the later chapters I was disappointed. Firstly, this is a US book and so spends quite a lot of time talking about driving, driving when distracted and using cars in various ways as incentives to change behaviour, possibly more so than would be relevant for UK teens.
Given that I readily identified with many of the scenarios played out in the book between teens and their parents I was hoping for some deep insights into how to help my teen learn better skills. The advice could be summed up in three words - motivate, support and negotiate, all of which we had already tried in various forms before turning to the book.
In summary, it's interesting but doesn't really give any deep insights or help beyond basic common sense.