Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne is a must read for any parent or educator looking to help youth navigate through the trials and tribulations of childhood. The focus is to help children, parents and educators not just survive the challenges but thrive through them, which they accomplish by sharing the latest research in brain development along with their years of experience working with youth. Most importantly, they do so with incredible clarity, including pictures and cartoons that demystify the complex neuroscience behind a child’s brain development. This makes it incredibly easy to understand the why behind the strategies they provide, empowering us to support youth “with the brain in mind.” Siegel and Payne explore concepts like integrating the left and right sides of the brain, as well as the upstairs and downstairs of the brain, through specific strategies that help children make sense of their emotions. They identify ways to integrate troubling memories for growth and healing, and they provide exercises for coping with anxiety- and fear-producing experiences that all children encounter. They also provide a road map for helping kids develop their executive thinking skills and resiliency, so critical as they enter adolescence. In short, for those of us working with supporting the mental health of teens, The Whole Brain Child is a book we highly recommend to help more children arrive to adolescence happier and healthier. If you are interested in reading it, please consider purchasing it through our Amazon Smile link HERE (NOTE: you will be asked to support Proejct 99’s Amazon page or to search for and switch to our page if you are currently supporting another non-profit through Amazon—we appreciate you support!)