Smart but Scattered Teens: The

Smart but Scattered Teens

The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential, 1st Edition

By Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, Colin Guare

Guilford Press

293 pages

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Description

"I told you, I'll do it later."

"I forgot to turn in the stupid application."

"Could you drive me to school? I missed the bus again."

"I can't walk the dog--I have too much homework!"

If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

See also the authors' Smart but Scattered (with a focus on 4- to 13-year-olds) and their self-help guide for adults. Plus, Work-Smart Academic Planner: Write It Down, Get It Done, designed for middle and high school students to use in conjunction with coaching, and related titles for professionals.

Winner (Third Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category

Reviews

"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, PhD, 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."--Patricia O. Quinn, MD, coauthor of Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen with ADHD or LD for College

"Does your teen's behavior have you tearing out your hair in frustration? Quit nagging and use this wonderfully insightful and practical book to coach your 'smart but scattered' teen for personal, educational, and social success."--William Pfohl, PsyD, past president, International School Psychology Association

"I was hooked from the first chapter! This book has opened my eyes to ways to foster my son's strengths, not just criticize his weaknesses. With all the issues we battle daily, it's easy to forget the power of the positive. I'm thrilled to have a specific plan of action for targeting the skills my son needs to do better in school and become more focused and responsible."--Kim L.

"An easy-to-read, well-documented, and well-resourced book that, if utilized, would surely better both the relationship between any teen and their parents and also assist the teen in developing better executive function skills….It is a book that can be recommended to parents by professionals working with teenagers….Guilford is to be commended for offering this book at such reasonable pricing. Hopefully it will increase the utility and desire on many parents' parts to purchase this book so that it can help their families and their teenagers."--Child and Family Behavior Therapy

Table of Contents

Authors' Note

Introduction

I. What Makes Your Teen Smart but Scattered

1. Executive Skills and the Teen Brain

2. Identifying Your Teen's Executive Skills Strengths and Weaknesses

3. Assessing Your Own Executive Skills and Parenting Style

II. Laying a Foundation That Can Help

4. Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen's Executive Skills

5. Motivating Your Teen to Use Executive Skills

6. Modifying the Environment

7. Teaching Executive Skills

III. Putting It All Together

8. Advance Organizer

9. Enhancing Response Inhibition

10. Strengthening Working Memory

11. Increasing Emotional Control

12. Boosting Flexibility

13. Building Sustained Attention

14. Teaching Task Initiation

15. Promoting Planning and Prioritizing

16. Fostering Organization

17. Improving Time Management

18. Encouraging Goal-Directed Persistence

19. Cultivating Metacognition

20. Coaching

21. Transitions

Resources

About the Authors

Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally. His website is www.chrisgermer.com.

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for over 30 years. He serves on the board of directors and faculty of IMP. Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment. His books include The Mindfulness Solution, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

Paul R. Fulton, EdD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He was formerly the president of IMP and is currently director of the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Dr. Fulton received lay ordination as a Zen Buddhist in 1972, has been a student of psychology and meditation for over 44 years, is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and teaches internationally.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY002000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent