PARENTING

Raising Kids with Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-Body-Sensory Strategies That Really Work

Jessica Kingsley Sept. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781839974281. pap. $19.95. CHILD REARING
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Gobbel, a mental health professional and host of the podcast Parenting After Trauma, reveals science-backed strategies for parents of children who exhibit challenging behaviors. She starts by encouraging parents to do the best they can, especially if they lack support. She draws on neuroscience to explain that the human brain desperately seeks safety; and simple needs such as hunger, exhaustion, or the need to use the bathroom can all leave a child feeling unsafe, which may lead to behavioral problems. Gobbel says neurodivergence, trauma, and immune disorders all create extra vulnerability. Gobbel gives feasible suggestions to parents, and each chapter includes a case study.
VERDICT Comprehensive and filled with hands-on tips. For parents striving to help their children.
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