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Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World


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Author: Christine Fonseca
Product Code: 0821
ISBN: 978-1-61821-082-1
Pages: 214
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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.

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Review: Publisher's Weekly - September 16, 2013
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.
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by DSur
on 1/12/2014
A much needed book
Finally, a book on introversion which specifically relates to children!  Quiet Kids, Help your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World by Christine Fonseca, published by Prufrock Press Inc. in 2014, is 191 pages of useful information for anybody who wants to understand and guide an introverted child.  

The author, Christine Fonseca, is a school psychologist who has personal experience working with children who are gifted, introverted, emotionally intense, learning disabled or simply a typical teenager.  She regularly holds workshops for both parents and children to address their many diverse needs.  Christine’s research is thorough and a useful list of recommended resources is given in the book.  However, it is her vast amount of real life experience working with children which she brings into the creation of this book is what makes it a must-read.

Quiet Kids is a book that is long overdue.  There have been many books written on the subject of introversion, such as The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., which help the reader to understand what introversion is, and what it is not.  Quiet Kids goes further in specifically addressing the needs of introverted children.  It provides practical guidance in helping introverted children become successful in school, at home, in social settings and in life.

Parents of introverted children will benefit from reading this book.  There are questionnaires, worksheets and tip sheets which will help to individualize a strategy in helping their child to succeed in an extroverted world.  There are also very useful “class notes” which will help teachers to identify students in their classroom who are introverted and utilize creative teaching methods to aid in fostering success in school for this group of children.  

The strategies outlined in this book will help the introverted child to capitalize on his strengths.  It will help parents to learn how to successfully interact with their introverted child to get him to open up in ways he might otherwise not, and to nurture their resiliency.  Teachers will learn strategies to help these children maximize their educational growth and overcome obstacles they might have such as how to overcome perfectionism.  Strategies for teachers to create the ideal learning environment are given.  Parents can take these valuable ideas to their child’s teacher while acting as an advocate for their child.  The worlds of our children have become highly charged competitive environments not only in organized sports but in academics as well.  This book discusses how we can all keep a good perspective, self-reflect and manage the resulting stress.  

As a parent of an introverted child who is now a grown adult, I appreciate that Christine has pointed out the many strengths of the introverted temperament.  I believe it is important that educators and society in general realize these strengths, especially in a world where, as Christine points out, educational systems are set up to function in groups and celebrate outgoing, charismatic individuals while ignoring the individual divergent thinkers who are often the creative innovators in our modern world and who form the strongest personal connection with others.  The practical advice outlined in this book really hit home with me.  The strategies suggested in the book which I had tried when my own child was growing up were the same strategies which I had found success with.  Many of the suggested strategies that I had not used were ones that, in hindsight, I wish I had known about while raising my own child as I am certain they would have resulted in success.
 
With the new Common Core State Standards being adopted in schools across the nation, parents and students are going to see an increase in collaboration and group work, as well as an increased focus on written and oral expression – all traits that extroverts thrive on.   While I wish that I had this book to read a decade ago, its publication is very timely.  
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