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Fletcher Forum


Fletcher Forum, presented by The Rankin Institute at The Fletcher School, increases public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. This event is an annual presentation by a nationally recognized expert in the field of learning disabilities. Fletcher Forum is free to the public. Please register using the link below. 

25th Annual Fletcher Forum


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Program & Biography

How to Improve Executive Skills Without the Frustration

Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Some students seem to acquire them naturally, but many students struggle with them. Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.

About 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 Challenges. 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.


Laura Boggess, Program Coordinator
The Rankin Institute at The Fletcher School
704-365-4658, ext. 1119

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