Smart but Scattered

Smart but Scattered

The Revolutionary "executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Book - 2009
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Contents: 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 skill 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?
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, c2009
Branch Call Number: 649.15 D
Characteristics: vi, 314 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Guare, Richard
ISBN: 9781593859879


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Aug 20, 2018

This book provides solid framework to plan and develop executive skills for children. The model here presented is founded in three concepts (antecedents, behavior, consequences) that develop an integral improvement program: from a holistic study and interpretation of current problems to the goals and skills to develop according to the capacities and current skills of the child.

I do not have kids myself but this book surprised me on how this knowledge can be applied at professional settings as well. I’d recommend to read this, make notes, adjust and tailor the framework for your own needs and share it with your family and social circle. It will have a lot of impact on how you raise future generations.

valkoles Dec 21, 2015

useful, insightful


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