Smart but Scattered

Smart but Scattered

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

eBook - 2009
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Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills-the core, brain-based habits of mind required to "execute" tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781281963451
1281963453
9781606238806
1606238809
9781606231050
1606231057
9781593854454
9781593859879
1593859872
1593854455
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 314 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Guare, Richard
Contents: Introduction
Part I: What makes your child smart but scattered
How did such a smart kid end up so scattered?
Identifying your child's strengths and weaknesses
How your own executive skill strengths and weaknesses matter
Matching the child to the task
Part II: Laying a foundation that can help
Ten principles for improving your child's executive skills
Modifying the environment : A is for antecedent
Teaching executive skills directly : B is for behavior
Motivating your child to learn and use executive skills : C is for consequence
Part III: Putting it all together
Advance organizer
Ready-made plans for teaching your child to complete daily routines
Building response inhibition
Enhancing working memory
Improving emotional control
Strengthening sustained attention
Teaching task initiation
Promoting planning and prioritizing
Fostering organization
Instilling time management
Encouraging flexibility
Increasing goal-directed persistence
Cultivating metacognition
When what you do is not enough
Working with the school
What's ahead?
Summary: Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills-the core, brain-based habits of mind required to "execute" tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.

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ricardohdz
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.

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valkoles
Dec 21, 2015

useful, insightful

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