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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents
Second Edition
A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

224 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
A Paperback Original
February 2010
ISBN 978-1-60623-571-3
Cat. #3571
Price: $41.00 $34.85
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March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60623-572-0
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“This is an exceptionally useful book which I highly recommend.”

Schooldays Magazine


“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, PhD, ABPP, Director, Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


"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, PhD, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia


“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, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School


“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, PsyD, school psychologist, Jefferson County School District, Colorado


“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, PhD, school psychologist, Oakland Unified School District, California


“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, PhD, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama
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