HELPFUL BOOKS & LINKS

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The Whole-Brained Child

by Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

This book is a wonderful resource for parents and anyone working with children. It provides detailed information about the developing brain and offers strategies on how to best nurture our children during this time of “brain development.”

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The Explosive Child

by Ross Greene, PhD

This book by Dr. Ross Greene is a must read for parents (and educators) in understanding the factors that contribute to challenging episodes and learning strategies to reduce/eliminate these challenging episodes.

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Kids Beyond Limits

by Anat Baniel

This book by Anat Baniel was written for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. In this book, she shares her 30 years of experience working with various special needs populations. She explains the principles and knowledge of her work and the astonishing breakthroughs from implementing her Nine Essentials.

Lives In The Balance

Dr. Ross Greene, whose book is featured here as well, created this website full of resources for parents and educators. If you have a child who is easily frustrated and/or chronically inflexible, click the link above!

Family Tree Therapies Podcast

This particular podcast episode called "Anxiety in Kids" provides helpful information from the perspectives of a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist. In this episode they reference Dr. Daniel Siegel's work (whose book "The Whole Brain Child" is listed above) and the importance of working with the reflexes when supporting our children through periods of anxiety. They also have other relevant podcast episodes on their website. 

Beginner's Guide to Polyvagal Theory (Deb Dana)

This document was created by Deb Dana (2018) as a resource for those looking to better understand Dr. Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory. 

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Self-Compassion

by Kristin Neff, Ph.D

This book by Kristin Neff, Ph.D beautifully illustrates the power of being kind to yourself. She offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.

Emotion Coaching- The Heart of ParentingA new video program from The Gottman Institute

Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting is a course geared towards parents which presents a 5-step method that builds emotional intelligence and creates positive, long lasting effects for children. Per the website: "Easy to learn, and used by parents, educators and care-givers, it supports kids through life’s ups and downs in a way that builds confidence and helps them grow socially, emotionally and intellectually."

Researchers have found that our emotional awareness, or "EQ," i.e., our ability to handle feelings, will determine success and happiness in all walks of life even more than IQ: "Acclaimed researchers and therapists Drs. John and Julie Gottman present this proven program to show you how to be there for your child when it really counts."