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Smart but Scattered Teens: Executive Skills

Smart but Scattered Teens: Executive Skills
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    By Richard Guare Phd, Peg Dawson EdD, and Colin Guare ©2012.

    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.

    Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential is a positive guide that 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 and make your relationship stronger.

    In the first part of the book the teen brain and how to identify executive function skill strengths and weaknesses in the teen brain is explained.

    In the second part of the book, ten principles for improving teen executive skills and strategies for motivating your teen to use these skills are discusses. The book stresses how the communication style of the parent is very important to the success of the process. Excellent suggestions for improving communication with your teen are provided.

    The third part of the book brings everything together and guides you through helping your child :

    • Become an advanced organizer
    • Strengthen their working memory
    • Increase their emotional control
    • Improve their flexibility
    • Build sustained attention
    • Encourage planning, prioritizing and organization while improving their time management.

    Throughout, Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential, strategies are included that will help you: :

    • Recognize problem behaviors
    • Identify what the end goal is
    • Create ways for your teen to show progress toward the goal
    • Establish a plan for achieving the goal.

    Also included are strategies for handling teens who do not want to participate in this process.

    Real life examples are used so that parents can understand what the executive skills are and why they are important. (Softcover; 293 pages.)