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

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

by Katharine Beals

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590306505
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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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