Your Child Is Smarter Than You Think! bridges the gap between how children think and learn and how they feel and behave. Dr. Wanda Draper discusses a whole-child approach to articulate the child’s development and its relationship to behavior and learning from infancy through adolescence. Based on thirty years of experience with thousands of children of all ages, and their parents and teachers, she suggests simple yet powerful ways to help children achieve success in school and life. She says, “You can’t send the head to school and leave the body at home—the whole child goes to school, the whole child lives at home, and the whole child participates in the world.”
Through a down-to-earth approach, Dr. Draper offers insights about how to tell the difference between natural behavior and a real problem—and what to do about it. She gives a lively explanation of how children think and act in relation to how they feel. Your Child Is Smarter Than You Think! focuses, at each stage and pathway of development, on suggestions for how to successfully:
- live and work with a smart child
- help without interfering
- activate the learning loop
- communicate to get results
“Parents and professionals are often confronted by the challenges of children because they are smarter than we think.”
-Dr. Wanda Draper
Wanda Draper, PhD, professor emeritus of the College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma, testifies about the relationship between childhood development and adulthood consequences as an expert witness in capital death-penalty trials. She studied at Texas Woman’s University, with additional studies at Harvard University and in Geneva, Switzerland. The author of sixteen books, she has appeared on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been quoted in CNN News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parent magazine, and Reader’s Digest.
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About the Author
Wanda Draper, PhD, is an internationally recognized consultant, teacher, and author and a professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma. Four decades of teaching at the preschool, elementary, high school, and university levels resulted in writing textbooks, consulting in schools, and conducting seminars in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Romania. Her work with thousands of parents and children provided insight for over fifteen hundred quotes in publications around the world. Wanda graduated from Texas Woman’s University, with additional studies at Harvard University and The International Center for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva, Switzerland.
She consults privately with adults on developmental and parent-child relationship issues. For seven years she was a consultant for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and the State School for the Deaf.
As author of sixteen books and sixty audio and video programs, she has appeared on television, radio, and in newspaper and magazine media, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parent magazine, CNN World News, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Hong Kong Radio.
Her work as a developmental epistemologist framed her contributions as a court consultant and expert witness in over one hundred capital crime and child custody cases. Twenty years of teaching human development to medical doctors in their psychiatry residency programs inspired her to found the Early Childhood Development Center, affiliated with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also served as co-director of the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center for Young Children in the OU Department of Psychiatry, and president of Education Futures International. She is a recipient of the prestigious Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Oklahoma.
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Success in school and in life is rooted in the love and trust that grow out of early relationships between parents and their children. The kind of personal interchanges that form in the early months and years set the stage for how children will perform later. As they interact with others, they begin to form images of themselves that ultimately lead to success or failure.
One’s self-image is framed within everyday experiences. What happens to a child each day gradually accumulates until a snowball effect collects enough information to form a picture that the child believes is real. This mental picture may be fairly accurate, or it may be distorted, depending on how the child interprets the actions of others. For example, a child who is ignored a lot, except when misbehaving, soon views herself as important mainly when she’s in trouble. She will do what she has to in order to live up to this image. Every child wants to feel important, even if it has to be for the wrong reasons.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Essentials for Success
Chapter 2 Brainpower Unlimited
Chapter 3 Growing Up Smart
Chapter 4 Brain Works: How Children Learn
Chapter 5 Feelings Influence Intellect
Chapter 6 Behavior
Chapter 7 Behavioral Disorders
Chapter 8 Living with a Smart Child
Appendix A Resource Organizations
Appendix B Developmental Expectations
Appendix C Recipes for Art Supplies