Tips and strategies for parents of kids who are “different” than all the rest.
A quirky child experiences difficulty fitting in and connecting with others usually due to an interpersonal style or behavior that stands out from the other kids. Maybe they are obsessed with a topic of interest or spend excessive hours a day reading, playing video games, or playing with just one toy. These kids are not so far afield as to fall on the autism spectrum, but they are unique, and their behaviors are not addressed in typical parenting books.
This book defines quirky markers and offers strategies for parents to understand their children’s brains and behaviors; to know what is developmentally appropriate, and what isn’t; to understand how to reach their kids; and to help facilitate their social functioning in the world.
It will calm the hearts and minds of parents who worry that their child doesn’t fit in and offer hope to parents who need strategies to support their quirky child’s overall development.
About the Author
Mark Bowers, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in neurodevelopmental diagnoses (i.e., autism spectrum, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and learning difficulties) and helping quirky kids develop social skills. He is the Clinical Director and a pediatric psychologist at Brighton Center for Pediatric Neurodevelopment in Brighton, Michigan.
Table of Contents
Foreword Babette Rothschild ix
Key 1 Identify Your Child's Quirks: Part I 21
Key 2 Identify Your Child's Quirks: Part II 47
Key 3 Support Brain Functioning 78
Key 4 Optimize Social Skills 102
Key 5 Respond Effectively 147
Key 6 Track Your Child's Development 172
Key 7 Understand Diagnostic Criteria and Treatment 211
Key 8 Manage Challenges at Home 243