Book Study: Smart but Scattered

Last month, we had a wonderful PATH event wherein a group of us parents heard from Sara Kamla, an NWGCA board member, about the characteristics of twice exceptional (2e) students. 2e students are those who are exceptional in two different ways: being highly capable and also having some sort of learning challenge. It was good to hear from the parents in attendance and learn about the similarities and differences we are experiencing. The meeting left many parents eager to face their children’s challenges with renewed focus.

To this end, PATH will be facilitating an online book study. The selected book is Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare. Although this book is beneficial in working with 2e children, it is not specifically directed at that population. The practical tips and parenting techniques can be implemented with any child. Smart But Scattered addresses specific executive skills, from organizing and task initiation to emotional control and flexibility.

If you need help teaching your child these type of skills, this book can be a lifesaver! I am in the middle of the book right now, and I’ve already been implementing its strategies with encouraging results.

We know right now is crazy with school closures, but with the kids at home for the rest of the school year, this may be the perfect time to start. I have found that my time at home with my son is the time when I can best implement the strategies this book suggests. So, let’s get started!  PATH parents should stay tuned for an announcement via email and Facebook containing a Zoom link for the kick-off meeting.

The plan is to take the book slowly, allowing for roughly a month for participants to read and try out the first section of the book. We could then meet virtually to talk about what we read, learned, and tried.

If you're interested or have questions, feel free to email me at

Michelle Smart
PATH | President