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Book Clubs

Our quarterly book club meetings are a chance to connect and reconnect with other parents while exploring a range of topics related to raising children. Come to the book club ready to discuss what you learned while reading the book selected for that session – what you liked, what was useful, and what didn’t make sense. The book club meetings are highly interactive with lots of discussion.

Beyond Behaviors

Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

by Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. (who will be joining us by video for the discussion!)

A NEW approach to solving behavioral challenges by internationally known pediatric psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke. In Beyond Behaviors, Dr. Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety. Featuring impactful worksheets and charts, this accessible book offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.

The tools and strategies will be particularly helpful for children who experience or have experienced:

– Aggressive, confusing or unpredictable behaviors
– Tantrums and meltdowns
– Disconnection or shutdown
– Adverse childhood experiences
– Trauma and toxic stress

Suggested donation: $10 – $20 to help cover costs

WHERE

Bethesda, Maryland (exact location will be provided when you register)

WHEN

Monday October 7th, 2019
7:30 to 9:00 pm

The Out-of-Sync Child

Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

by Carol Stock Kranowitz (who will be joining us in person!)

The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)–and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents–now revised and updated.

Does your child exhibit over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a “sensory avoider,” withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games–or he may be a “sensory disregarder,” needing a jump start to get moving. Are they over-responsive–or under-responsive–to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues. Do they crave sensation? The “sensory craver” never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement. Or perhaps they have poor sensory discrimination. She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences–unaware of what she’s holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she’s falling or how to catch herself. Some children with SPD have unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go–wearing out everyone around him–or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world. Or they may have problems with posture or motor coordination – He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder–a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals–and a drug-free treatment approach for children.

Suggested donation: $10 – $20 to help cover costs

WHERE

Location To Be Determined, but will be somewhere near Riverdale Park

WHEN

Wednesday January 15th, 2020
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Self-Compassion

The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

The relentless search for high self-esteem has become a virtual religion; and a tyrannical one at that. Our competitive culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves, but we can’t all be above average at the same time. There is always someone richer, more attractive, or successful than we are. And even when we do manage to feel self-esteem for one golden moment, we can’t hold on to it. Our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lock-step with our latest success or failure.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to self-esteem that many psychologists believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion. The research of Dr. Kristin Neff and others strongly suggests that people who are more self-compassionate lead healthier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. And the feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are highly stable. Self-compassion steps in precisely when we fall down, allowing us to get up and try again.

Dr. Neff helps readers understand that compassion isn’t only something that we should apply to others. Just as we’d have compassion for a good friend who was going through a hard time or felt inadequate in some way, why not for ourselves? Many people believe that they need to be self-critical to motivate themselves, but in fact they just end up feeling anxious, incompetent and depressed. Dr. Neff’s research shows that far from encouraging self-indulgence, self-compassion helps us to see ourselves clearly and make needed changes because we care about ourselves and want to reach our full potential.

This groundbreaking book shows readers how to let go of their constant, debilitating self-judgment and finally learn to be kind to themselves. Using solid empirical research, personal stories, humor, and dozens of practical exercises, Dr. Neff—the world’s leading experts on self-compassion—shows readers how to heal the wounds of the past so that they can be healthier, happier and more effective. Entertaining, highly readable and eminently accessible, this book has the power to change your life.

Suggested donation: $10 – $20 to help cover costs

WHERE

Location To Be Determined

WHEN

Wednesday April 8th, 2020
7:30 to 9:00 pm

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Previous Book Club selections: 

  • Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life by Stuart Shanker, Ph.D.
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership With Your Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
  • Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children by Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.
  • Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud & Ned Johnson
  • The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky
  • Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah Reber

Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

P.O. Box 174
Riverdale, MD 20738-0174

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