Transforming the Difficult Child Workbook: An Interactive Guide to The Nurtured Heart Approach

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214 pages


Brigham Distributing; 1st edition (January 12, 2008)







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0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches

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12 ounces

List Price: $19.95

Book Description

This long-awaited Nurtured Heart Approach Workbook brings to life the approach that has helped hundreds of thousands of parents, educators, therapists and other caregivers to help intense children to go from negativity to highly positive outcomes. So many children simply experience the truth of how people respond to them and innocently form an impression that there is so much more available relationship and response when things are going wrong. By way of normal and traditional approaches to parenting adults are typically so much more present for children when problems are occurring. When everything is going smoothly adults normally say little or nothing and even when we approve of something we at most seem to say variations of thank you or good job. Compared to how we wax poetically when issues arise, our ways of reflecting success are relatively skimpy. Parents are simply trying as hard as they can, with the best of intentions, with the methods they have at their disposal. Some children who are a bit more intense, sensitive or needy, simply fall into the allure of how much greater the payoffs for negativity seems to be and from there so easily can spin a life of an addiction to strife and failures. No one does this on purpose. It s just that conventional approaches to parenting and teaching inadvertently are like giving the child energetic $100 bills in response to the child s acting-out – by way of long discussions, greater urging to do the right thing, more emotion, and stronger involvement. The timing is simply upside down. Greater presence, response, energy and relationship need to happen when things are going right. The great news is that it s not only simple to turn this around, while still holding the child fully accountable, it can be done in a way that brings the child to use that very same intensity in successful ways. We contend that parents don t really want improvements via the standard recommendation of medications at the price of essentially diminishing a child s life force and risk or myriad side effects more extensive than parents are ever told. Children, like adults need every bit of their life force intact to live a fruitful life. We believe that what parents really want is for the child to be intensely wonderful. The same life force that can run amuck in the realm of negativity can be as exponential when applied to success, and then you have the best kid on the block. The best news is that this same approach that is the basis of the top selling book on ADHD, Transforming the Diificult Child (1999) by Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley, has now evolved and is now not only easier and more powerful than ever, but it has been recreated to help parents and teachers take it to a new level of instilling greatness in the child. This workbook format provides an interactive guide to get the Nurtured Heart Approach underway. It will walk you through the process of fully understanding the approach, then it will introduce the strategies and will encourage you and support you every step of the way. It is enormously gratifying to experience the turn around to having your child be thoughtful, considerate, respectful and responsible. We hope you enjoy the journey.

Author Details

Howard Glasser, M.A. is founder of Children s Success Foundation and designer of The Nurtured Heart Approach. He and Jennifer Easley are the co-authors of Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach (1999), currently the to selling book on the topic of ADHD. He is also the co-author of The Inner Wealth Initiative: The Nurtured Heart Approach in Education (2007), currently the top selling book in the area of school interventions. He has been a featured guest on CNN and a consultant on 48 Hours and lectures in the U.S. and internationally, teaching therapists, educators, and parents about The Nurtured Heart Approach, which is now being used in hundreds of thousands of homes and classrooms around the world. Howard is former Director and Clinical Supervisor of the Center for the Difficult Child in Tucson. He has been a consultant for numerous psychiatric, judicial, and educational programs. Although he has done extensive doctoral work in the fields of Clinical Psychology and Educational Leadership, he feels his own years as a difficult child contributed the most to his understanding of the needs of challenging children and to the success of his approach. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Joann Ridenour Bowdidge, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, is a licensed psychologist in Missouri, practicing currently at Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri. She has extensive experience performing psychological evaluations and working with difficult children, including those with behavioral disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities. In addition, Joann has worked in a community mental health center; in a rehabilitation hospital for those with head injuries, spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological illnesses; in public schools, undergraduate and graduate educational settings as a teacher and consultant; in Head Start as a program planner and clinician; and as a private practitioner. Currently, Joann also travels to communities in Missouri to lecture, teach and excite others about The Nurtured Heart Approach. Her extensive experience with many types of disorders of adults and children has contributed to her insights in regard to the needs of difficult children and their parents. She lives in Springfield, Missouri. Lisa Bravo, M.C., LPC, LISAC and Advanced Nurtured Heart Trainer & Therapist, brings almost 20 years combined experience in the areas of parenting, behavior management, mental health counseling, crisis, chemical dependency counseling and consultation, both locally and nationally. She is the Founder/Director of ParentwoRx, offering counseling, coaching and consultation to families, schools and agencies across the nation. Lisa is recognized for her expertise in transforming the lives of families and systems by teaching them how to integrate the approach. She has presented extensively in the schools, mental health agencies, and to parents across the country. Lisa is faculty trainer for Howard Glasser and a regular facilitator at the Advanced Nurtured Heart Workshops held in Tucson, AZ. Lisa resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her husband and children. She is the proud mother of two and is raising her two children based on the principles of The Nurtured Heart Approach.