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Smart but Scattered - and Stalled: Helping Parents and “Failure to Launch” Kids Use Executive Skills to Move Toward Independence

Thursday, May 23 | 9:30am - 11:30 AT

Executive skills are brain-based skills that support goal-directed behavior. They take a minimum of 25 years to reach full maturation, and the brains of many older teens and young adults are not “in sync” with the demands that society places on them. As a result, they may flounder as they finish high school and navigate the next steps that adulthood demands. This workshop will outline a 10-step plan parents can follow to help young adults use their executive skills to set goals, make plans, and successfully leave the nest.

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Dr. Peg Dawson

In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children and teens who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explain how executive skills underlie many of the daily challenges that young adults experience as they transition to the next life stage after high school.

  • Use assessment tools to identify executive skill strengths and challenges in young people (and their parents!).

  • Work with parents and their young adult children to implement a 10-step plan for

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