Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary

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” child 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. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

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  1. Emily said,

    Wrote on July 25, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for Parents, October 2, 2010
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    Emily

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    This review is from: Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Paperback)

    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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  2. Sheila said,

    Wrote on July 25, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    INVALUABLE resource, February 4, 2010
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    Sheila (Arizona) –

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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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  3. Cheryl Jordan said,

    Wrote on July 25, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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    Practical help for parenting, November 9, 2010
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    This review is from: Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Paperback)

    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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