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Workshop helps kids get on track

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The SAU 41 Parent Partnership will host a workshop on Executive Skills presented by Dr. Peg Dawson, at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4, at the Lawrence Barn in Hollis.

Executive skills – What are they, why do kids need them, and how can we help them get them?

Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand in homework. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks and notebooks as “black holes.”

Dawson, the author of the book “Smart but Scattered,” will talk about strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students, including how to structure the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills, how to teach executive skills, and how to use incentives to get kids to practice these skills. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the presentation for $5. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Please R.S.V.P. at www.sau41parentpartnership.org.

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