Author(s): Guare Richard
Many tens of thousands of parents have used the bestselling Smart but Scattered to teach young kids vital skills for living up to their potential. Now Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson apply their groundbreaking approach to the unique challenges of adolescence. Despite high intelligence, teens with executive skills deficits can be frustratingly disorganized, distractible, forgetful, and moody-leaving worried parents torn between micromanaging and throwing up their hands. This positive guide gives parents step-by-step strategies for promoting teens' independence by helping them get organized, stay focused, and control their impulses. Drs. Guare and Dawson-joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself-present proven tools, vivid stories, and insightful tips for reducing parent-teen conflicts.
"An absolute 'must read' for parents. Many detailed examples show you exactly how to teach your teenager the skills needed for success in school and beyond. The clever strategies for getting around teens' creative resistance to making changes are particularly helpful. I will recommend this gem of a book to all of the parents and adolescents I treat." - Arthur L. Robin, coauthor of Your Defiant Teen "Executive skills are critical to success in life, but may be delayed in some teens and young adults and parents are often at a loss for how to help. Smart but Scattered Teens is just what parents need. This is a highly useful guide for improving teens' executive skills and motivating them to use the skills they already have.This is the most comprehensive book I have read on the subject, and one I highly recommend." - Patricia O. Quinn, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College "Adolescence can be a difficult developmental time, especially for those who are 'smart but scattered.' This book helps both parents and practitioners navigate the path more effectively. It is wonderfully rich with empirically based interventions presented in a user-friendly way. This book has many effective tools for coaching teens to improve their behavioral, educational, and social success." - William Pfohl, PsyD, Western Kentucky University, USA
Richard Guare, PhD, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where Peg Dawson, EdD, works as a clinical school psychologist. With over 30 years of clinical experience, Drs. Dawson and Guare are coauthors of the bestselling Smart but Scattered, which focuses on younger children and preteens. Colin Guare, a 25-year-old freelance writer who grew up with an attention disorder, has contributed to ADDitude magazine and has worked with kids with learning disorders.
Authors' Note. Introduction. Part I. What Makes Your Teen Smart but Scattered. Executive Skills and the Teen Brain. Identifying Your Teen's Executive Skills Strengths and Weaknesses. Assessing Your Own Executive Skills and Parenting Style. Part II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help. Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen's Executive Skills. Motivating Your Teen to Use Executive Skills. Modifying the Environment. Teaching Executive Skills. Part III. Putting It All Together. Advance Organizer. Enhancing Response Inhibition. Strengthening Working Memory. Increasing Emotional Control. Boosting Flexibility. Building Sustained Attention. Teaching Task Initiation. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing. Fostering Organization. Improving Time Management. Encouraging Goal-Directed Persistence. Cultivating Metacognition. Coaching. Transitions. Resources.