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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peg Dawson, Richard Guare Narrator: Susan Erickse Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Peg Dawson, EdD, and Richard Guare, PhD, present an innovative program to strengthen kids’ abilities to plan ahead, follow through, and get things done.

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. Doctors 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 children 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 and use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills and to problem solve daily routines.

Small changes can add up to big improvements, and this empowering book shows how.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Groundbreaking…Compassionate and parent friendly…Dawson and Guare’s personal anecdotes lend immediacy…Smart but Scattered is comprehensive, accessible, and hopeful…Dawson and Guare’s work should be considered essential.”

    Library Journal

  • “This brilliant book is by far the best on the topic that I have read to date.”

    Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, author of Taking Charge of ADHD

  • “Do you feel stymied by your child’s failure to live up to his or her potential? Have you run out of ideas about how to handle the situation? Look no further—this fascinating and readable book is packed full of useful ideas that will help you understand what the problem is and how you can help. It presents practical and proven techniques based on rigorous scientific research.”

    Peter Farrell, PhD, University of Manchester (UK); past president, International School Psychology Association

  • “Susan Ericksen provides a clear, sympathetic reading.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “While Susan Ericksen’s distinct and assertive enunciation promotes respect for these ideas, her warmth also makes them sound inviting. Her steady engagement with both her listeners and this well-written guide is a comforting support for the authors’ message: Poor performance is not a disease but the result of substandard mental habits that any child can improve with sensitive, targeted interventions.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter Galamaga | 2/14/2014

    " The new buzzword/term in special education is "executive function." This book does a good job explaining it and how to deal with it with kids ages 0-12 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juan Jose | 2/13/2014

    " interesting book for parents who are facing the challenge of raising a child with special needs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/1/2014

    " I initially thought this book would be helpful in parenting kids with ADHD but it is really an excellent resource for parents of typically developing children as well as those with deficits in their executive functioning skills. I really should buy it as a reference. After reading it I finally understood something our psychologist had tried to explain to me previously - that attention and emotional regulation are linked. You use the same part of the brain for each of these skills so when you work on and strengthen one skill you may see improvement in the other executive functioning skill as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Teague | 1/30/2014

    " Very good. A bit lengthy in part but the information is all very very good.mwould recommend with any child who seems to have trouble with executive skills "

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About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Lifetime Achievement Award and has coauthored several books, including, with Richard Guare, PhD, Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits and Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, among others.