2nd Edition

Smart but Scattered, Second Edition The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

By Peg Dawson, Richard Guare, Colin Guare Copyright 2024

    All kids occasionally space out, get sidetracked, run out of time, or explode in frustration--but some do it much more often than others. With over 425,000 in print, this encouraging, bestselling parent guide is now in a revised and updated second edition. The authors explain the crucial brain-based skills that 4- to 12-year-olds need to get organized, stay focused, and control their impulses and emotions. Handy questionnaires help parents home in on their own child's executive strengths and weaknesses. Armed with a better understanding of their "smart but scattered" kid, readers can use proven strategies to boost skills that are lacking, fix everyday routines that don't work, and reduce everyone's stress. Including new research, new and updated vignettes, and "A Good Place to Start" suggestions for each skill, the second edition features a new chapter on technology and a greatly expanded school chapter. Readers can download and print a wealth of practical tools.

    Biography

    Peg Dawson, EdD, is a psychologist who provides professional development training on executive skills for schools and organizations nationally and internationally. She was previously on the staff of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the International School Psychology Association, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP. She is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Second Edition; Smart but Scattered Teens; Smart but Scattered--and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults); and The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (with a focus on adults). Dr. Dawson is also coauthor of The Work-Smart Academic Planner, Revised Edition, and books for professionals including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition.

    Richard Guare, PhD, BCBA-D, is a neuropsychologist and board-certified behavior analyst who frequently consults to schools and agencies on attention and executive skills difficulties. He is former Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Guare is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Second Edition; Smart but Scattered Teens; Smart but Scattered--and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults); and The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (with a focus on adults) He is also coauthor of The Work-Smart Academic Planner, Revised Edition, and books for professionals including Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition.

    Colin Guare MS, BCBA, is a Rhode Island-based behavior analyst and writer. He is coauthor of bestselling books for general readers, including Smart but Scattered, Second Edition; Smart but Scattered Teens; and Smart but Scattered--and Stalled (with a focus on emerging adults). Mr. Guare currently works with schools, organizations, parents, and kids of all ages. He has a special interest in motivation and behavior change, and has worked on several projects developing new techniques to help adults seek and achieve their long-term career and personal goals.