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Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential [Paperback]

Richard Guare Phd , Peg Dawson EdD , Colin Guare
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Dec 17 2012 1609182294 978-1609182298 1 Csm

"I told you, I'll do it later."
"I forgot to turn in the stupid application."
"Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again."
"I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework!"

If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

See also the authors' Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential, for a focus on 4- to 13-year-olds.

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"An absolute 'must read' for parents. Many detailed examples show you exactly how to teach your teenager the skills needed for success in school and beyond. The clever strategies for getting around teens' creative resistance to making changes are particularly helpful. I will recommend this gem of a book to all of the parents and adolescents I treat."--Arthur L. Robin, PhD, coauthor of Your Defiant Teen

"Executive skills are critical to success in life, but may be delayed in some teens and young adults--and parents are often at a loss for how to help. Smart but Scattered Teens is just what parents need. This is a highly useful guide for improving teens' executive skills and motivating them to use the skills they already have."--Patricia O. Quinn, MD, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College

"Does your teen's behavior have you tearing out your hair in frustration? Quit nagging and use this wonderfully insightful and practical book to coach your 'smart but scattered' teen for personal, educational, and social success."--William Pfohl, PsyD, past president, International School Psychology Association

"I was hooked from the first chapter! This book has opened my eyes to ways to foster my son's strengths, not just criticize his weaknesses. With all the issues we battle daily, it's easy to forget the power of the positive. I'm thrilled to have a specific plan of action for targeting the skills my son needs to do better in school and become more focused and responsible."--Kim L.

"The book's 'executive skills' are the critical tools needed to solve problems, manage time, and perform tasks. As many parents know, tweens and teens often lack these abilities....A very helpful addition to parenting shelves."--Library Journal
(Library Journal 2013-02-14)

About the Author

Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Peg Dawson, EdD, works as a clinical school psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  With over 30 years of clinical experience, Drs. Dawson and Guare are coauthors of the bestselling Smart but Scattered, which focuses on younger children and preteens.

Colin Guare, a 25-year-old freelance writer who grew up with an attention disorder, has contributed to ADDitude magazine and has worked with children with learning disorders.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book Feb. 27 2014
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Great advice for parents with smart kids who can't focus. The book arrived in a reasonable amount of time for a fair price.
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I own and have used Smart But Scattered, the original book for younger kids, but I'm not sure that I don't find this book even more useful. While the first book is filled with a great deal of wisdom, I found some of the elaborate incentive systems very difficult to implement and stick with. What I like about this one is all the wonderful general advice (very congruent with Michael Bradley's approach to teens, which is a personal favourite) and the specific systems for the different executive skills are presented with overarching guidelines that don't get too bogged down in detail. The addition of short case study examples is extremely helpful. I wish ultimately that the authors lived in my home town so that I could receive some support for implementing their approach to teaching these crucially important life skills, but I think this will help a great deal. I would give this book five stars based on my first reading, but would like to see how I do putting all this advice into practice first, as I think the true measure of a self-help book is whether it significantly helps in real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book! Aug. 30 2014
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Taken me awhile to get to this! I'm too scattered!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Excellent insight into the struggles your teen may be facing. Jan. 3 2013
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Smart but Scattered Teens is a must for any proud parent of a teen coping with a learning disability. Unlike many similar books, it presents information and suggestions in a real-life, applicable manner. The authors present the material in an organized, readable, fashion, where a parent (or even a teen, for that matter) could read the book from cover to cover, or select individual sections most applicable to their situation.

The book also contains several hypothetical situations that many teens may find themselves in (think of speeding in a car). It then contains some interesting reactions, both from professionals and from real life teens, on how to respond, learn, and grow based on from such experiences.

Ultimately, if your teen could use a little, or a lot, of help developing the executive skills necessary to succeed in life, this book is for you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for parents of teens with ADHD or ADD Feb. 11 2013
By Laurence Coff - Published on
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As a clinical psychologist I regard this as one of the best resources for parents of teens. This helps parents to look at the teen with ADHD as having some executive skills impairments that need remediation and understanding. Parents also rate their own executive skills and can try to be a better fit in parenting these adolescents. There are many constructive suggestions in this book and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight March 30 2013
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The best part was when the author brought up the point that we may see thier deficits and want to help our teens improve, but if they don't see it as a problem, or necessarily even want our help, it's never going to work. Excellent advice to keep in mind as we work WITH teens, not against.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look at the unusual child Feb. 9 2014
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I have a kid who's gifted & in gifted classes. Understands high level concepts, but can't figure out how to organize his locker or manage to turn in his homework - even though he's completed it. It's been bandied about maybe he has autism or ADD, but those didn't fit. This book describes him to a T. Not having the frontal lobe of his brain maturing at the same rate as his peers is a simple, logical explanation & the ensuing ways to deal are enlightening & helpful. This book was a god-send. It was suggested by his gifted teacher after she spent time with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so helpful if you have a teen with ADD Feb. 25 2013
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Simply put, this book breaks down the specific executive functions that teens with ADD struggle with. Then it gives you tools to help your child strengthen these executive function weaknesses. I'm not articulate enough to go into great detail but I have found this book to be THE most helpful book on ADD that I have read. I just wish I'd found the Smart but Scattered books earlier.
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