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Smart but Scattered

Smart but Scattered

The Revolutionary "executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Book - 2009
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There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your "smart but scattered" 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.

See also the authors' Smart but Scattered Teens and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, an academic planner for middle and high school students and related titles for professionals.
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781593859879 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1593859872 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 649.1526 DAW
Characteristics: vi, 314 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Guare, Richard


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Aug 20, 2018

This book provides solid framework to plan and develop executive skills for children. The model here presented is founded in three concepts (antecedents, behavior, consequences) that develop an integral improvement program: from a holistic study and interpretation of current problems to the goals and skills to develop according to the capacities and current skills of the child.

I do not have kids myself but this book surprised me on how this knowledge can be applied at professional settings as well. I’d recommend to read this, make notes, adjust and tailor the framework for your own needs and share it with your family and social circle. It will have a lot of impact on how you raise future generations.

valkoles Dec 21, 2015

useful, insightful


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