Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World Strategies for Helping Bright, Quirky, Socially Awkward Children to Thrive at Home and at School

ISBN-10: 1590306503

ISBN-13: 9781590306505

Edition: 2009

Authors: Katharine Beals

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Strategies for helping bright, quirky, socially awkward children to thrive at home and at school. Does your child: Have impressive intellectual abilities but seem puzzled by ordinary interactions with other children? Prefer to spend time with adults or alone rather than with other kids? Have deep, all-absorbing interests or seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of certain subjects? Seem uncomfortable with unstructured play or social engagements? If you answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, you may be raising a left-brain child. Bright, eccentric, and socially awkward, these are children whose talents and inclinations lean heavily toward the logical, linear, analytical, and introverted side of the human psychewhat is commonly referred to as the "left brain"as opposed to the "right brain" which is our emotional, holistic, intuitive, and extroverted side. Left-brain kids are often found on the margins of the classroom and the playground, the ones who tend not to fit in with their peers but have rich interior and intellectual lives. According to Beals, left-brain children are increasingly misunderstood and undervalued, particularly at school. In today's classrooms, assignments tend to favor children who are collaborative, artistically creative, and comfortable speaking in front of groups. Left-brain children tend to be highly intelligent but shy, and unsuited to group activities, and they are often downgraded for social aloofness and emotional immaturity. Drawing on Beals' research and interviews with parents and children, this book offers a new understanding of left-brain kids and practical strategies for nurturing and supporting them, both at school and at home.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction: Is This Your Child?
Adrift in Today's Classroom: The Unsocial Child at School
Playdates, Friends, and Family Life: The Unsocial Child at Home
Hindered by Reform Math and Other Major Trends in K-12 Education: The Analytic Child at School
All-Absorbing Interests and Other Quirks: The Analytic Child at Home
Helping Our Most Extreme Lefi-Brainers: Understanding and Supporting the Mildly Autistic Child
How to Change Right-Brain Attitudes: Useful Talking Points
Conclusion: The Best of Both Worlds
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