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Your Kid's Gonna Be Okay: Building the Executive Function Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention Paperback – June 15, 2018
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"Delman draws on deep veins of experience--as a parent, teacher, and executive function coach--to produce a book that captures both the daily challenge of parenting and his optimistic view that most kids turn out okay. Written with humor and compassion, he masterfully uses personal stories to bring his advice and strategies to life. Enjoy the book for the stories and the humor--but bookmark the strategies, because you'll want to access them quickly as teachable moments arise and beg for a creative response." Peg Dawson Ed.D., co-author of Smart But Scattered
"Michael Delman expertly and empathically applies the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to guide parents in helping their children progress through the Stages of Change to enhance their Executive Functions." James and Janice Prochaska, co-authors of Changing to Thrive
"Finally, a book that tackles both the emotional and cognitive issues of executive functioning! This book offers the extraordinary gift of knowledge, wisdom, and empathy for parents and educators who are struggling to understand the child with executive function weaknesses. Michael Delman - who has years of experience motivating children to achieve their best - has crafted a masterful resource that deconstructs the complex issues in executive function skills. It provides a wonderful roadmap for parents seeking answers by explaining the unique way children may engage in the world while giving practical solutions to overcome these challenges." Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., co-author of Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up
"Delman's highly personalized writing and storytelling - from his years of experience as an Executive Function coach and from his many years of being a parent - not only clarifies what is actually meant by the term, "Executive Function," but also, explains in remarkably accessible terms and with enlightening anecdotes, how to foster these essential neurocognitive skills in children and adolescents as they face the increasingly demanding "curriculum" of their daily lives. Without a doubt, teaching kids these Executive Function skills is equivalent to giving them the tools they need in their efforts to meet the demands of their teachers and parents. This book gives adults the tools they need to empower children and adolescents to meet their "bosses'" expectations." David Gleason Psy.D., author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools
From the Author
In this book, I share with you the tools and strategies I have learned and/or developed over the past twenty-five years as a parent, teacher, school principal, and founder of the nation's largest Executive Function coaching company. I also share a few of the many mistakes I made as a child, some just misguided, and others a bit more mischievous. The lessons I've learned were the result of academic study, to be sure, but also of personal failures, journals full of reflection, and the ongoing decision to use myself as an experiment to see how much I could grow and improve.
My goal is to help you understand how children learn and grow, to add tools to your parenting repertoire, and to show you the skills you need to offer support in a way that your child will appreciate rather than resent. As a result, your child will become more capable and more confident both in school and beyond.
Since academics are my own first love, they get the lion's share of examples in this book. As I've spent more than twenty-five years teaching, hiring and supervising educators, developing curriculum, and advising schools, academics are what I know best. In addition, school is where most kids spend a great deal of their time and energy: seven or more hours a day, 180+ days a year, for at least twelve years, not counting pre-school, kindergarten, college, and graduate school. Add in everybody's favorite activity--homework--and we are looking at the central part of a young person's life.
Moreover, school matters. Whether or not we remember and use the Pythagorean theorem every day, or discuss the ins and outs of ancient civilizations with our friends, we all need the broader Executive Function skills that school demands. To succeed in school, children need to learn how to control their impulses and treat others with respect, how to stay focused, how to break down directions, how to be aware of what they know and don't know and then seek help when they're stuck, how to stay organized and manage their time, and a host of other relevant skills that this book will explore. School matters because it's a training ground for life. School matters because it is a place where Executive Function skills, whether they are taught or not, are always expected.
This book untangles several of the most important obstacles to children's growth, confidence, and success, and offers solutions for helping them. Whether your children are typical learners or have specific learning challenges, such as ADHD or dyslexia, the skills discussed in this book will help you help them. The book begins in chapter 1 with motivation, the prerequisite to sustained effort. By focusing on the values implicit in having a motivated child, I aim to shift the conversation away from rewards and punishments and, instead, toward finding and emphasizing the intersection of your child's talents and passions. Chapter 2 uses an evidence-based model from psychology to explore how people change and how we can help facilitate that change in our children. Chapter 3 shows how we can help our children manage their anxiety, as we learn to manage our own worries about them. It addresses the question of how to achieve the optimal state of peak performance where our children are sufficiently motivated without being held back by fear of failure. Chapter 4 looks at attention, a skillset that includes task initiation (getting started), sustained attention (staying focused), and goal-directed persistence (finishing the job). This particular challenge is especially acute in the Age of Attention when time-sucking activities are almost irresistible and so readily available. Chapter 5 explores the higher-level, more complex Executive Function skills such as prioritizing, planning, time management, and organization. Finally, chapter 6 explores the capacity of reflection: how to learn and improve from experience. This skill, as it develops, can serve as the master key to improving other areas.
Scratch beneath the surface of kids who seem lazy, oppositional, or bored, and you'll usually see young people with opinions, drive, and skills. Removing the impediments to their success and showing them how they can achieve their potential has been my life's work, and I hope that some of the successes, failures, and strategies I share in this book will help you to help them.
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