1st Edition

Quiet Kids Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World

By Christine Fonseca Copyright 2014
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated, or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators, and even their peers. That's where Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must-read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.

    Acknowledgments Author’s Note Introduction Part I Introverted And Extroverted Kids: A Matter Of Hardwiring Chapter 1 The Science Of Temperament Chapter 2 A Wallflower? Or Not? Chapter 3 Soaring With Strengths Chapter 4 In Their Own Words: A Matter Of Temperament Part Ii Introverted Kids At Home Chapter 5 Setting The Foundation Chapter 6 Nurturing Resiliency Chapter 7 Building A Stronger Village Chapter 8 In Their Own Words: Introverts And Extroverts, Oh My Part Iii Introverted Kids At School Chapter 9 How Introverts Learn Chapter 10 Leveling The Playing Field Chapter 11 Coping With Failure Chapter 12 In Their Own Words: The Pressure To Succeed—High School Introverts Speak Out Part Iv Introverted Kids At Play Chapter 13 Surviving The Social Scene Chapter 14 Navigating Through The Mine Fields Chapter 15 Creativity, Technology, And Building On Strengths Chapter 16 In Their Own Words: Moving From Shame To Empowerment Looking To The Future Final Thoughts Recommended Resources References About The Author


    Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.

    Fonseca focuses on the introvert's strengths (creativity, curiosity, deep thinking) while helping parents and educators understand and answer the introverted child's needs. In four parts, she addresses the introverted child's hardwiring, life at home, at school, and at play. The chapters include “class notes” that specifically speak to teachers, with suggestions on how to make a classroom balanced for the quiet child, as well as the extrovert. Fonseca also addresses ways parents can help the introverted child at home, including relaxation techniques and methods of building resiliency and social skills. Extremely useful for educators and parents, this thoughtful text emphasizes the many gifts of quiet kids.,Publisher's Weekly, 9/16/13
    Although Ms. Fonseca has geared this book to raising and educating children, the information and techniques are valuable at any stage in life. The chapters can be read independently, and the layout allows readers to quickly access the information they are seeking. Ms. Fonseca's book is organized, easy to read and well-structured. It is a strong resource for any parent or educator who is interested in learning more about introverted children—and adults!—and gaining practical skills to improve communication and encourage success in a world that tends to focus on the importance of extroversion.,Davidson Institute for Talent Development, 5/1/13