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An Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

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Smart but scattered

This book, authored by Dr. Peg Dawson and Dr. Richard Guare from the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is for parents and teachers of “smart but scattered” kids. Based on the latest, up-to-date research on brain development and executive functions, the authors provide specific strategies for adults to help students build the fundamental “habits of mind” that students with ADHD need to be successful in school and life. As explained in the book, executive skills are the brain-based skills that we need to “execute” to perform specific tasks. Skill areas covered in the book include getting organized, staying focused, controlling impulses, and managing emotions. Each chapter includes detailed descriptions of recommended strategies, as well as worksheets, tips, and evidence-based tools.

Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). Smart  but scattered: The revolutionary “Executive Skills” approach to helping kids reach their potential. New York: Guildford Press.