The Whole-Brain Child Workbook Review + Giveaway!
I was provided a copy of the Whole-Brain Child Workbook to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.
A Parent-Friendly approach to brain Science offering strategies to address outbursts, meltdowns and tantrums. This workbook is based off the New York Bestselling book, The Whole Brain Child. Acclaimed neuropsyciatrist Daniel J. Siegal, M.D. and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D., have created a workbook to help parents understand the science behind their child's developing mind and supply the tools for solving an array of conflicts that they may face on a daily bases.
This workbook caught my attention and interest since I have a child with Autism and have learned may strategies during the course of her 1:1 ABA at home. I am always learning new things to help her as she grows and new challenges arise. What I appreciate about this book is the scope of scenario it covers and it's cross over between NT (neurotypical) children as well as children on the ASD spectrum who have an even more difficult time understanding and sharing what they are feeling. Geared towards all children, it is an excellent workbook for those who have children with Autism since the steps to each issue are broken down into smaller steps.
The chapters are easy to follow, simply explained through text, graphs and illustrations that can be very helpful for children who are visual learners. There are spaces to write in the book to problem solve making it a great tool to work issues out. The book teaches the parent and has activities to then teach and work with your child too. Understanding the different parts of the brain and finding out which way your child responds is one of the keys to getting through to them and teaching them all that more easier.
Areas that are covered in the workbook are:
- Tools for solving sibling conflicts, homework struggles, tantrums, sulking and outbursts among others.
- Practical age specific exercises and activities.
- 12 Whole-brain strategies which can become shared vocabulary for parents, grandparents, caregivers, clinicians and educators.
- Interactive format that allows journaling to integrate ideas with each person's own parenting approach.
- cartoons, graphs and illustrations.
Get the simple break down for the cause and effect in everyday scenarios. It also helps you look deeper into your children's actions and reactions, step by step. Another thing it can help you to be aware of is our typical reactions as a parent versus what we could do and teaches better options to get to the root of what are children are feeling and experiencing. The basic principals are simple but as parents we sometimes go for the "easier" route. Reteaching ourselves to try to look at the issue from their perspective can greatly aid in helping ourselves help our children, all children. This workbook is a great tool to achieve just that, during all growing phases of our kids lives.