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An Executive Skills Approach to Helping Teens with ADHD

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Smart but scattered teens

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” teens. Based on the latest, up-to-date research on teenage brain development and executive functions, the authors provide specific strategies for adults to help teens with ADHD build independence and enhance their executive functioning in order to be successful in school and life. As explained in the book, executive skills are the brain-based skills that we need to “execute” or 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.

Guare, R., Dawson, P. & Guare, C. (2009). Smart but scattered teens: The “Executive Skills” program for helping teens reach their potential. New York: Guildford Press.