1st Edition

Peak Performance for Smart Kids Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success

By Maureen Neihart Copyright 2008
    194 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Peak Performance for Smart Kids provides success strategies, activities, tools, real-life examples, and checklists for parents to employ to help their kids to achieve their highest potential. Even the most talented child will not succeed if he or she has not developed the mental, psychological, and emotional skills to face the heavy demands of high performance. Maureen Neihart, a psychologist and leading authority on talent development in children, examines seven mental habits of successful kids, providing practical approaches for developing them in talented children of all ages in this easy-to-read guide for parents and teachers.

    By working with parents to complete the activities included in this book, high-ability kids will learn to manage stress and anxiety, set and achieve goals, use mental rehearsal to improve performance, manage their moods and emotions, practice optimistic thinking, and resolve their frustrations of needing to belong while needing to achieve. With its research-based strategies and unique approach to maximizing potential, this is a book from which every parent of smart kids can benefit!

    Educational Resource

    Foreword Chapter 1 What Do Coaches, Athletes, and Performing Artists Know That We Don’t? Chapter 2 Learning to Tolerate Stress and Anxiety Chapter 3 Out of the Comfort Zone: Moving Your Children to Their Edge of Competence Chapter 4 Getting SMARTer About Goal Setting Chapter 5 Every Dream Begins With a Picture: Improving Performance With Mental Rehearsal Chapter 6 In the Zone: Using Mood Management to Improve Achievement Chapter 7 Learning Hope and Optimism Chapter 8 Reconciling the Need to Belong With the Need to Achieve Chapter 9 The Most Important Thing Answer Key References Selected Research on Peak Performance About the Author


    Maureen Neihart, Psy.D., a leading authority on the talent development in children, is a licensed child psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with talented young people and their families. A former teacher and school counselor, she now is an internationally recognized leader on the psychological aspects of talent development, addressing between 20,000 and 40,000 people each year in her many talks and workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.

    Talent is only worth anything if it has any ability to be utilized. Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success is a scholarly handbook for educators in charge of teaching gifted and talented students how to maximize their education. Observing seven common traits and habits of children who enjoy success in school, and how to take advantage of theses habits for the best experience possible, Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success is highly recommended for community library education collections.,James A Cox,Midwest Book Review, 9/1/08