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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention (Practical Intervention in the Schools) [Paperback]

Peg Dawson , Richard Guare
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21 April 2010 1606235710 978-1606235713 2

Concise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching, and whole class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists, and planning sheets. New to This Edition:

  • Revised and expanded to reflect significant advances in the field
  • Chapter on classroom teaching routines that target executive skills during daily work and instruction
  • Chapters on integrating executive skills strategies into an RTI model and managing transitions to a new grade or school
  • More reproducibles, one of the book's most popular features
  • Increased attention to children who don't have a specific learning disorder but still struggle in school.

This book will appeal to school psychologists and counselors, administrators, school social workers, classroom teachers, and special educators; and will also be of interest to clinical child psychologists, neuropsychologists, and pediatricians. It will also serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses on cognitive/academic assessment and interventions.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 2 edition (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606235710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606235713
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a comprehensive resource for professionals who work with children of all ages. The authors include helpful and practical tables, checklists, and steps for many general classroom routines, as well as assessments and interventions for specific executive skills. The second edition provides an expanded response-to-intervention framework for applying the instructional techniques with whole classes and individual students." - Patti L. Harrison, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research ethodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama, USA

"As a school psychologist, I am always looking for resources that take the latest research and translate it into everyday practice. Dawson and Guare provide practical, specific, and easy-to-use guidelines for intervening with students at every tier of the RTI process. From assessment to intervention to progress monitoring, the book is packed with clear routines and tools to use in consulting with teachers, parents, and administrators. It also has a wealth of information about how to intervene with whole classes, small groups, and individual students. My copy of the first edition is well worn, and I can already tell the second edition will be as well, because of its practical and easily reproducible materials." - Rebecca Branstetter, school psychologist, Oakland Unified School District, California, USA

"This invaluable resource has been updated, reorganized, and expanded. The authors blend theory and practice to provide a thorough understanding of why and how to implement interventions for executive skills deficits. The book is formatted for quick, easy reference with concise tables, figures, and forms; the language and content are professional yet very user friendly. Presented are widely applicable intervention strategies that will help facilitate immediate results for school practitioners and teachers." - Stephen G. Hoppin, school psychologist, Jefferson County School District, Colorado, USA

"The book represents a welcome step forward in designing and implementing interventions and supports to promote executive function at home and in the classroom. Dawson and Guare integrate up-to-date theory with interventions that take a real-world, problem-solving approach to the full spectrum of executive difficulties, from inhibitory control and emotional regulation to initiation, working memory, planning, and organization. An essential 'how-to' manual." - Peter K. Isquith, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School, USA

"Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, is a thoughtful, thorough, and timely resource for education students, practitioners, and school psychologists. This book is the definitive examination of executive functioning in children and adolescents. It is comprehensive in its coverage and highlights the need for assessment of executive skills in the classroom. This is an excellent reference for practitioners designing instructional programs for students who need additional training in executive skills." - Tina Stanton-Chapman, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia, USA

"This is a rich and practical resource for all those working with children, including educators, therapists, and psychologists. Dawson and Guare demystify the complex and often confusing construct of executive function, citing its neurological basis, but also providing practical insights about how executive dysfunction affects the lives of students of all ages and ability levels. Notably, Dawson and Guare address executive functions from a developmental perspective, acknowledging the dynamic interaction between brain development and the ever-changing societal demands placed on children. The second edition also addresses the issue of primary prevention of executive function problems. Readers will especially appreciate the case examples and recommendations for intervention in the classroom, home, and in therapeutic and coaching settings, as well as the many intervention guides provided in the appendices." - E. Mark Mahone, Director, Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

About the Author

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, in New Hampshire, USA, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Richard Guare,
PhD, a neuropsychologist, is Director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders. His research and publications focus on attention, executive skills and neurological disorders. Board certified as a behavior analyst, Dr. Guare serves as a consultant to schools and agencies in programs for autism, learning and behavior disorders, and acquired brain injuries.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book 12 Jun 2013
By Will
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Interesting book that does what it says in the title. Great checklist and intervention plan included - well worth buying for anyone interested in this areas (educational psychologists, teachers, SENCOs, TAs, key workers, etc)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for teachers of ADHD, ASD or others who are organizationally challenged 28 Mar 2010
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This is well thought out, easy to use and the reproducable activities in the back of the book cover about every scenario you can think of - and some you didn't. The sections to survey student, an important factor in helping students help themselves, is something frequently overlooked.

Without reading the whole book - I was using some of the materials within 10 minutes of opening the box. If you are teacher or parent of the disorganized you will find ways to help support your student in their education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful resource 12 Sep 2010
By Jill G. Rosenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very useful resource for working with parents, teachers and students. It helps to identify students' STRENGTHS as well as weaknesses. When a student and I go through the questionnaire and then I say, "It looks like you are really good at..." the student is surprised and is much more accepting of, "And it looks like you could use some help with..." The book also offers specific ways to help students develop some of the skills in which they may be weaker. This is my favorite book for working with students who haven't been very successful at school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for today's differentiated classroom 4 Aug 2010
By Kenneth J. Kohutek - Published on Amazon.com
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Entering the phrase "executive functioning" on Google resulted in 2,780,000 hits today. Any phrase with that many hits has to be included when addressing student difficulty in the classroom! The authors are very clear in stating that executive skills are not addressed in the traditional intelligence/achievement test batteries. This cluster of skills include planning/directing behavior, working memory, sustained attention, and goal-directed persistence to name only a few.

Dawson and Guare include chapters on the neurological working of the brain, methods of assessing executive functioning, linking assessment to intervention (both with individual students and with a class), coaching, implementing strategies within an RTI framework, and diagnosed populations. The chapter on transitions, either between classes or schools, is also very useful.

The concern in this book is on addressing symptoms/behaviors which may be interfering with a student's success. While useful to a wide population of adults wishing to implement a positive change in a student, it must be remembered that behavioral checklists provide only one source of information for a very complex set of skills. The use of published, standardized behavior checklists are discussed as an adjunct to the material covered in this book.

This revised book will prove to be a very useful reference for those responsible for recommending and/or implementing strategies for struggling students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Teachers and Parents 21 Nov 2010
By Ginny Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Breaks executive functioning down into component skills, and for each skill: clear definition, how to identify if this skill is a problem, and then skill-specific interventions (for both home and school).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For helping kids with Executive Dysfunction 4 May 2011
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This is a very helpful book - for parents and school professionals alike if you are working with children with ADD and/or other executive function deficits. There are blank forms that are easily able to be reproduced and many reasonable suggestions. I purchased it for a classroom however I ended up loaning it to my neighbor.
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