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

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Does your child:

   • Have impressive intellectual abilities but seem puzzled by ordinary interactions with other children?
   • Have deep, all-absorbing interests or seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of certain subjects?
   • Bring home mediocre report cards, or seem disengaged at school, despite his or her obvious intelligence?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, this book is for you. Author Katharine Beals uses ...

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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

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Overview

Does your child:

   • Have impressive intellectual abilities but seem puzzled by ordinary interactions with other children?
   • Have deep, all-absorbing interests or seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of certain subjects?
   • Bring home mediocre report cards, or seem disengaged at school, despite his or her obvious intelligence?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, this book is for you. Author Katharine Beals uses the term “left-brain” to describe a type of child whose talents and inclinations lean heavily toward the logical, linear, analytical, and introverted side of the human psyche, as opposed to the “right brain,” a term often associated with our emotional, holistic, intuitive, and extroverted side.

Drawing on her research and interviews with parents and children, Beals helps parents to discover if they are raising a left-brain child, and she offers practical strategies for nurturing and supporting this type of child at school and at home. Beals also advises parents in how best to advocate for their children in today’s schools, which can be baffled by and unsupportive of left-brain learning styles.

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 “A brave, wise, and compassionate guide for parents and teachers of children who, because of their unique styles of thinking and learning, are so often misinterpreted and misunderstood.”—Brad Sachs, PhD, author of The Good Enough Child and The Good Enough Teen

“This book brims with sound, practical advice for nurturing children who don’t fit into the commonly accepted patterns of ‘normal development,’ yet possess remarkable gifts. A must-read for parents, educators, and mental health professionals.”—Michael Gurian, author of Nurture the Nature and The Wonder of Boys

"Beals shows parents how to campaign for left-brain friendly education reform, advocate for their socially awkward children, and nurture innate gifts of logic and linear thinking in a society that often favors personal interaction over academic genius."—Exceptional Parent

"The most accurate insights into the current trends of educational thinking that I have come across. It is a wake-up call for parents of both left- and right-brained children and should be required reading for all students-and teachers-in our schools of education."—Barry Garelick, Nonpartisan Education Review

“[Beals] articulates the most accurate insights into the current trends of educational thinking that I have come across.  It is a wake-up call for parents of both left- and right-brained children and should be required reading.”—Nonpartisan Education Review

"Beals intelligently and sensitively raises all the right questions about how we need to accommodate square-peg kids and bring out the best in them.”—Wellsphere.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590306505
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 338,677
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Beals, PhD, is an educator and the mother of three left-brain children. A former public school teacher, she is a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Her writing on parenting has appeared in Mothering magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.katharinebeals.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Is This Your Child? 1

1 Adrift in Today's Classroom: The Unsocial Child at School 13

2 Playdates, Friends, and Family Life: The Unsocial Child at Home 57

3 Hindered by Reform Math and Other Major Trends in K-12 Education: The Analytic Child at School 86

4 All-Absorbing Interests and Other Quirks: The Analytic Child at Home 143

5 Helping Our Most Extreme Lefi-Brainers: Understanding and Supporting the Mildly Autistic Child 160

6 How to Change Right-Brain Attitudes: Useful Talking Points 189

Conclusion: The Best of Both Worlds 203

Resources 218

Index 223

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