As stated in my previous post, I am using this blog as a way to process and record information obtained from the book, Smart but Scattered for Teens. This book was written by two individuals, Richard Guare, PhD. and Peg Dawson, EdD, who have extensive experience, and hold doctoral degrees, in the areas of neuropsychology and school/child-clinical psychology. The book was co-authored by Richard's 25 year old son, Colin Guare, who struggled with executive functioning difficulties throughout his life, and is now a freelance writer.
The book is divided into into three parts: What Makes Your Teen Smart but Scattered (Executive Skills and the Teen Brain, Identifying Your Teen's Executive Skill Strengths and Weaknesses, & Assessing Your Own Executive Skills & Parenting Style); Laying a Foundation That Can Help (Ten Principles for Improving Your Teens Executive Skills, Motivating Your Teen, Modifying the Environment, Teaching Executive Skills); and Putting it All Together (several chapters on strengthening each of the skills and how to coach your teen through the process).
I am so excited about getting into this book, however, as always, I am reading 4 books, simultaneously, and participating in a group study or class on each one. Therefore, time constraints are involved. This is so typical of a person with symptoms of ADHD. We tend to have a wide variety of interests and begin several projects at once. Instead of having Shiny Object Syndrome, I tend to have Shiny Idea Syndrome. An idea or concept pops into my head, usually several at once, and I get so excited that I want to engage all ideas at the same time. Honestly, I could live in my head. See, even now, if I did not divert my eyes to glance at the time in the bottom right-hand corner of this screen, I would have continued a steam of thoughts that would have taken me so far away from the topic that I started. In fact, I just realized twenty minutes has passed since I started writing this paragraph! Now, I'm stressing about having little time to finish this blog, and time to get ready for work! YIKES!!!
I have learned that writing helps me keep my thoughts present, and that regularly stopping to be aware of internal and external stimuli helps me to stay on task. So...where was I? Oh yes, I can't wait to get into the meat of this book. I am hoping there will people that will continue to read this blog and maybe even provide feedback. I would love to hear your story, because your story becomes a part of my story. I will write as often as I can, and I hope the information is as valuable for you as I know it will be for me!