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Publisher's Summary

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.

Additional supporting documents for this title are available for download after purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, Colin Guare (P)2015 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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Empowering information

I would recommend this book for any parent who wants to help their child develop strong executive skills - even if they aren't struggling. This work helps parents distinguish between motivation and the skills needed to carry out plans effectively and independently. The collaborative approach advocated is likely to reduce conflict and increase empathy. The only slight downside is that I found the voices of the parents and teens (as created by the narrator in the vignettes) to be somewhat stereotypical - and for a teen who is listening, that could be irritating.

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Preferred reading for anyone dealing with teens

Great content. Good mix pf research, with good examples and concrete tips.

The speaker is a bit slow and that can get annoying. I listened the whole book on 1.25x.

Other than that, awesome read!

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Recognize my weakness are apart of my children's genetic make up.

The narrators voice is annoying and confrontational although the book is packed with wonderful material

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Vocal Growl

What made the experience of listening to Smart but Scattered Teens the most enjoyable?

The information was fantastic.

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

Her vocal growl is very irritating it shows a laziness in her presentation it is there in the text throughout and especially when she is reading quotes which might not have been so bad. But the consistancy of the growl was just bothersome. She is a fine reader if she could just loose the growl.

Any additional comments?

The information and PDFs for this book are tremendously helpful. I highly recommend this book for all parents who see their child starting to have trouble in Junior High.

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Buy the Book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This does not translate well to audible. There are charts and questionnaires you don't get to complete.

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A needed guide for Parents who deal with children with needs

It is an absolute must to have a printed book and a strongly recommend the Kindle App or device to follow a parent who has professional needs to listen to the book once and follow with the app. I plan to listen and do what is need a total of three times so that I may fully grasp and implement my assets and my deficits. It should be a must to have the audible app and kindle together for moderate to complex lifestyle changes that may forever change my parenting skill for the parent I have always wanted to be for me and my child. LW

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Great information, wrong narrator

What did you like best about this story?

This is an excellent book for parents of teens with ADHD. It's especially useful for parents with ADHD to help their ADHD kids. Audiobooks work extremely well for many of us with ADHD.

Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden’s performances?

The narrator as the voice of an exasperated mom down, it would be fine for fiction but non-fiction needs a different narrator or at least tone down the growly vocal performance.

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Excellent narration

Kudos to the narrator for adapting her voice throughout the book to reflect the contributions of both authors AND the teensr in their panel.

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Wow

Very thorough and helpful! I'm so glad I read it. Hands on and honest thank you