8 Keys to Raising the Quirky Child: How to Help a Kid Who Doesn't (Quite) Fit In

8 Keys to Raising the Quirky Child: How to Help a Kid Who Doesn't (Quite) Fit In

by Mark Bowers


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393709209
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/27/2015
Series: 8 Keys to Mental Health Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Babette Rothschild ix

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 287

Bibliography 291

Index 295

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