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Smart but Scattered (PB)

The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
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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.
Introduction I. What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered 1. How Did Such a Smart Kid End Up So Scattered? 2. Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Weaknesses 3. How Your Own Executive Strengths and Weaknesses Matter 4. Matching the Child to the Task II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help 5. Ten Principles for Improving Your Child's Executive Skills 6. Modifying the Environment: A Is for Antecedent 7. Teaching Executive Skills Directly: B Is for Behavior 8. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C Is for Consequence III. Putting It All Together 9. Advance Organizer 10. Ready-Made Plans for Teaching Your Child to Complete Daily Routines 11. Building Response Inhibition 12. Enhancing Working Memory 13. Improving Emotional Control 14. Strengthening Sustained Attention 15. Teaching Task Initiation 16. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing 17. Fostering Organization 18. Instilling Time Management 19. Encouraging Flexibility 20. Increasing Goal-Directed Persistence 21. Cultivating Metacognition 22. When What You Do Is Not Enough 23. Working with the School 24. What's Ahead?
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