Smart but Scattered

Improve Executive Skills for School Success

Gain Ideas to Help your Seemingly Always Disorganized, Often Forgetful, Easily Distracted, and Many Times Procrastinating Students

Title: Smart but Scattered: Helping Children Improve Executive Skills to Achieve School Success

Target Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School Counselors, Special Education Coordinators, Related Services Personnel, and Intervention Specialists

  • Date: November 12, 2019

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00)

  • Location: Ohio Northern University - McIntosh Center, Ada, Ohio

Overview: 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 homework in.

  • 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 work spaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.”

Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

• Be able to describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).

• Be able to identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.

• Learn key strategies for improving executive skills in student, including 1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills, 2) how to design protocols for teaching executive skills, and 3) how to use incentives effectively to encourage students to engage in the practice necessary for improving executive skills.

• Learn the critical features of a coaching method geared to improving school performance through supporting executive skill development.

Special Thanks to ONU and the McIntosh Center Staff for Hosting this Event

Registration Fees:

  • $145 for Hardin, Shelby, Logan, Madison, and Champaign County Public School Districts, Boards of DD, & Career Centers.

  • $175 for school districts outside of the above counties or other agencies/non-profits.

  • Registration Deadline is October 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Weather Contingency

Participants should plan to arrive unless they receive a formal “CLOSURE / CANCELLATION” email from the Midwest Regional ESC on the morning of the event.

We will hold the event unless Ohio Northern University closes their campus and cancels all courses. Due to Mrs. Dawson's travel schedule, delays or cancellations by K-12 districts will not result in the delay or cancellation of this event. ONLY the closure of Ohio Northern University will result in delay or cancellation by the MRESC.

**No refunds will be issued unless ONU closes the campus.

Contact Hours or Graduate Credit

  • Contact Hours: 6.0 Contact Hours Provided by the MRESC
  • Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University for an additional fee of $235 (One Credit Hour)

About the Presenter:

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and, for the past 25 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders.

Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has authored several books, including a book for professionals, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits, as well as two books for parents, Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens.

Their most recent book is a self-help book for adults, The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is also the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the International School Psychology Association Distinguished Services Award.


Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Ohio Northern University, McIntosh Center, S Main St, Ada, OH, USA


What time should I arrive at the training site? Reminder - This session will be offered at the ONU McIntosh Center. Click on the link above to view a campus map.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to park and complete the check-in process.

  • Questions regarding parking should be directed to the McIntosh Center at 1- 419-772-2400

Food & Beverage: Lunch will be on your own. Please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring note taking materials and writing utensils with them to the session.

Weather Contingency Policy: Participants should plan to arrive unless they receive a formal “CLOSURE / CANCELLATION” email from the Midwest Regional ESC on the morning of the event.

Our Cancellation Policy - Due to the costs associated with this event, cancellations must be received by October 23, 2019 by 4:00 pm. Cancellations received outside of this policy will not be accepted. Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed accordingly.

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