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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 Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781452678856
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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" 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dawson and Guare's work should be considered essential. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Christensen | 1/29/2014

    " This book came at a perfect time....helped me understand my son's issues in more detail and gave me the motivation to continue to work on these things. I will buy this book to have for future reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob Cruzan | 1/28/2014

    " This is a great book on helping children learn and develop life skills. The authors simply label 11 skills parent need to help their children develop and they provide strategies to help parents help their kids. In an age where every mis behavior is some kind of disorder, this book offers good insight into addressing these behaviors and correcting them. I would recomment this book to all parents or parents to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 1/16/2014

    " Identifies what executive function deficits look like in a very realistic context, then provides very specific strategies for parents to use to build executive function in their children. Easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 1/16/2014

    " Going to have to buy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/6/2014

    " Practical guide for identifying which executive skills need most support and how to improve them. Geared towards younger children and middle schoolers, although some ideas can be extrapolated for teens and adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 1/3/2014

    " Excellent ideas for parents in helping kids with a variety of executive functioning skills. Suggestions and resources are sound and usable. Highly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 1/1/2014

    " Very good descriptions of my daughter's behavior. A great explanation as to why she and I seem to clash so much (opposite strengths and weaknesses). Now the hard part: putting it into practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/28/2013

    " I finally understand executive functioning, how it's different from ADHD, and how my kids and I each have different Ex.Func. strengths and weaknesses. It has great strategies on how to communicate and motivate kids with certain E.F. issues. I'm debating buying it as a perpetual reference guide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 12/4/2013

    " A book that can change the way you see yourself and others... positively helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 11/10/2013

    " Excellent book with great ideas. Great for therapists, teachers and parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 11/2/2013

    " Lots of good strategies for helping kids with executive skills. Not easy, but good ideas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 8/20/2013

    " Excellent book that gives you concrete skills on how to help your child (or yourself) deal with ongoing organizational issues. Handy test at the beginning to help you figure out the specific areas in which your child needs help. A positive book with good hands on advice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Ross | 6/30/2013

    " If you have or are working with a kid with ADD or ADHD or on the spectrum, this is a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/11/2013

    " This book is probably great for the parent that wants to know how a therapist could/should work with a child. It is a bit overwhelming for most parents to try to implement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/10/2013

    " Looks at school and life skills in a scientific way. Great tool for evaluating self in the executive skills strength and weaknesses. Honest examples of home and school situations and the connections between the two settings in relation to a child's executive skills strengths and weaknesses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Laudan | 6/3/2013

    " Useful information, but more oriented towards younger kids, while I'm looking for strategies for a teen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Voegtlen | 1/1/2013

    " I had hoped for something more practical and less theoretical. I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay Porth | 12/7/2012

    " Fairly common sense. Use lists to help kids stay organized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Kennedy | 11/22/2012

    " This is an excellent resource for parents of children who lack executive skills. It systematically explains how to detect problems, define problems, and work with students to improve executive skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/17/2012

    " a definite good resource for managing a child with learning issues!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Haines | 10/2/2012

    " Great book for every parent and teacher of a kid who marches to a different drummer. I related to the student vignettes and appreciate the common-sense approach to helping kids take responsibility and grow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Silgard | 8/10/2012

    " Crazy interesting. I read it in an effort to raise a perfect child, but spent most of the book obsessively analyzing myself and my shortcomings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliemae Paynter | 8/6/2012

    " My favorite parts were the clearly laid out plans for how to tackle certain behaviors. Very good book. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.