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  • Book Review: Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up
    Think back to middle school. Can you remember a classmate who often sat daydreaming in the back of the room, seemingly unengaged with the rest of the class’s activities? Consider the frustration that student might ...
  • Book Review: A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
    You know an excellent book when it generously delivers on both the title and the subtitle’s promises. A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, ...
  • Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory & Practice
    With an influx of research on mindfulness and self-awareness, even schools are beginning to notice. They, too, are learning the benefits of having students meditate and practice yoga. As a social worker who has worked with young students myself, I was ...
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos & Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
    Parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else in frequent contact with kids can all stand to learn more about how to stay calm. No-Drama Discipline offers example-backed tools to help us discipline children in a supportive and lasting ...
  • Book Review: Nineteen Minutes
    “To the thousands of kids out there who are a little bit different, a little bit scared, a little bit unpopular: this one’s for you.” So writes Jodi Picoult in the acknowledgments section of Nineteen Minutes, a novel ...
  • Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams & Nightmares of Childhood
    My younger brother and I are in the back seat of our family’s van, parked on a steep hill. At the base of the hill is a lake or some other body of water. The ...
  • Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide
    "I never imagined that I would have a child who talks back to me and thinks she’s the boss of everyone. How did that happen, and what am I supposed to do now?" So asks Brice, ...
  • 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools
    A school playground aide sees third-grader Riley grab hold of classmate Liza’s scarf and choke her with it. Riley is subsequently viewed as the bully. But is there more to the story? What the aide hasn’t ...
  • Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs
    As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, ...
  • Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect
    Sometimes one has the pleasure of reading a book that provides genuine insight and discusses a concept previously unnamed. Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, by clinical psychologist Jonice Webb and contributor Christine Musello, was ...
  • The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain
    I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western ...
  • Safe with Me
    Amy Hatvany’s latest ‘can’t put down’ read and thought-provoking novel, Safe With Me, explores various themes - the role of technology in adolescents’ lives, grief management and dishonesty - but one that she truly delves ...
  • Book Review: Outside the Lines: A Novel
    Outside the Lines powerfully encourages readers to reexamine their perspective regarding mental illness. Amy Hatvany intricately explores the world of someone who’s mentally ill, detailing painful repercussions, stigma and societal perceptions. And alongside ...
  • Parenting the Whole Child
    The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like ...
  • Book Review: Best Kept Secret
    “Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.” - Amy Hatvany Amy Hatvany’s Best Kept Secret is a gripping novel that explores the ...
  • The Birth of Intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, Neurobiology & the Self
    “The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~ Rajneesh, spiritual guru To be human is to ...
  • Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders
    I heard my share of mean comments about my weight, height, and personality while I was in school, but as someone who has never truly been “bullied,” I always just saw it as part of ...
  • Mental Health for the Whole Child
    >Children make 3 billion new connections in their brain every second. That is 3 billion opportunities for growth, or 3 billion missed connections.  With rising rates of ADHD, autism, and other mental health disorders in American ...
  • Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits & Illness
    Are you the firstborn child of your family? Did you turn out to be the most responsible, the parent-pleaser, or the motivated one? According to Alfred Adler and researchers of personality and temperament, firstborns tend ...
  • Depression & Your Child: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers
    Until recently, it was believed that children didn’t -- and couldn’t -- get depressed. But kids do struggle with depression. In fact, some research has even suggested that babies can become depressed, according to Deborah ...
  • Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
    Charles L. Whitfield's 1987 book Healing the Child Within is aimed at adult children of dysfunctional families. The ideas he presented synced up ...
  • It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended
    Resources for parents practically overwhelm the retail market. There are books, CDs, DVDs, magazines. Stores like Babies “R” Us and specialty boutiques are easy to find. With It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended, Ed ...
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance
    There are countless “aha” moments in Ann Smith’s revised, updated version of Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance and Self-Acceptance, so much so that even the most well-balanced reader will gain valuable insights. If not ...
  • Book Review: Gone: A Novel
    Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists' contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the ...
  • Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier
    Peter Gray is a developmental psychologist who studies the growth of human beings over the course of their lifetimes. As his young son began to have more and more difficulty functioning in a traditional school ...

 

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