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Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential Paperback – Dec 17 2012

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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 Csm edition (Dec 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609182294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609182298
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 2013-02-14)

About the Author

Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His research and publications focus on understanding and treatment of learning and attention difficulties. Board certified as a behavior analyst, Dr. Guare frequently consults to schools and agencies.

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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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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This book is concrete and helpful and is written in a language that speaks to both parents and teens. I'm a psychologist and also found it useful and well organized.
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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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