Teen Speak: A guide to understanding and communicating with your teen

Teen Speak: A guide to understanding and communicating with your teen

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You don’t have to be a professional to reach teens! In this practical guidebook, Dr. Jennifer Salerno combines her professional expertise in adolescent behavior with a mother’s wisdom to help parents build strong relationships with their teenage children.

If you feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable talking with your tween or teen about sex, body image, substance use, or issues such as suicide and depression, you’re not alone. Millions of parents have trouble discussing sensitive issues with their children, but it’s critical to know how to tackle these difficult conversations to prevent serious injury and premature death in our teens.

This book presents practical communication strategies based on the ways teens think, act, and do the things they do—to help them change their behaviors. Strategies are presented in an easy-to-use guide for parents and others interested in helping teens.

Dr. Salerno provides a detailed road map on how to get the conversation started, using real-world examples of teen-parent interactions and sample responses to common scenarios to support positive change and safer decision-making. In this book, you’ll gain practical strategies for connecting with your teen to reduce their risks, set them up for long-term success, and develop trusting relationships that will continue into adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997701302
Publisher: Jennifer Salerno
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 796,444
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Salerno, DNP, CPNP, FAANP is a nurse practitioner, author, speaker, and founder of Possibilities for Change (PossibilitiesforChange.com). She has practiced for over 20 years as a nurse practitioner working with diverse adolescent populations and has served as a board member and adviser in many state and national organizations and initiatives to improve adolescent health. This work opened her eyes to the prevention effort needed to reduce serious injury and premature death rates in teens.
In keeping with her favorite quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," Jennifer founded Possibilities for Change and set out to develop user friendly tools and trainings for health-care professionals to use to quickly identify risky teen behaviors and provide effective counseling to reduce those risks. She received the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care for her work in developing the nation's leading adolescent risk screening system: the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS).
Dr. Salerno understands that health professionals aren't the only ones concerned about helping adolescents navigate the teen years - parents have the biggest influence. Further fueled by a passion to also help parents connect with their teens on important risks like substance use, sex, and mental health-related issues, she authored this book to help ensure that parents have the support and resources they need to handle the challenges of raising a teen.
When not working to improve adolescent health, Jennifer loves family time exploring the country biking, hiking, and skiing with her husband, daughter and son.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Foreword, Introduction, The Birth of Teen Speak, Congratulations - You Are the Parent of a Teenager!, Before You Get Started, Section 1: Getting to Know Your Teen, 1-Foundations for Talking With Your Teen; 2-Teen Development - The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful; 3-Physical Development - Body Changes; 4-Cognitive Development - Thinking Skills; 5-Emotional Development - Feelings; 6-Sexual Development - Changing Desires; 7-Teens and Risky Behaviors - What Are They Doing?; 8-Changing Behaviors; 9-Strengths of Teens - They Are AMAZING!; Section 2: Talking With Your Teen, 10-Proven Communication Strategies - Setting the Stage; 11-Building a Strong Foundation; 12-Open-Ended Questions - Learning More From Your Teen; 13-Affirmations - Focusing on the Positives; 14-Reflections - Listening and Responding; 15-Change Talk - Let Them Tell You What You Want to Hear; Section 3: Avoiding Common Pitfalls, 16-Planning for Success; 17-Handling Difficult Behaviors - Introduction; 18-Handling Difficult Behaviors - Strategies; 19-Handling Difficult Behaviors - Using the Strategies; Final Thoughts; Parent and Teen Resources, Where This Information Came From

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