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: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential.
Introduction. Part I: What Makes Your Child Smart But Scattered. How Did Such a Smart Kid End Up So Scattered? Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Weaknesses. How Your Own Executive Strengths and Weaknesses Matter. Matching the Child to the Task. Part II: Laying a Foundation That Can Help. Ten Principles for Improving Your Child's Executive Skills. Modifying the Environment: A is for Antecedent. Teaching Executive Skills Directly: B is for Behavior. Motivating Your Child to Learn and Use Executive Skills: C is for Consequence. Part III: Putting it all Together. Advance Organizer. Ready-made Plans for Teaching Your Child to Complete Daily Routines. Building Response Inhibition. Enhancing Working Memory. Improving Emotional Control. Strengthening Sustained Attention. Teaching Task Initiation. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing. Fostering Organization. Instilling Time Management. Encouraging Flexibility. Increasing Goal-directed Persistence. Cultivating Metacognition. When What You Do is Not Enough. Working with the School. What's Ahead?