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Adolescent Brain

Reaching for Autonomy

Robert Sylwester

Easy-to-understand theories and nontechnical language help educators and parents understand how the teenage brain thinks, feels, learns, and changes on its journey to adulthood.

23x15cm  157 pages  $50.00  

Brain That Changes Itself

Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

Norman Doidge

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable.
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, travelled around the US to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed – people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable.
We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed.
Using these marvellous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

23x15cm  423 pages  $29.95  


The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Daniel Siegel

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and often maddening ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.
In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development affects teenagers’ behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

24x16cm  320 pages  $33.00  

Developing Mind

How Relationships and the Brain interact to shape who we are

Daniel J Siegel

This book goes beyond the nature-nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. Daniel J. Siegel presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind - the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in human experience and development across the life span.

23x15cm  394 pages  $56.95  

Executive Function in Education

From Theory to Practice 2nd ed

Lynn Meltzer

This uniquely integrative book brings together research on executive function processes from leaders in education, neuroscience, and psychology. It focuses on how to apply current knowledge to assessment and instruction with diverse learners, including typically developing children and those with learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. The role of executive function processes in learning is examined and methods for identifying executive function difficulties are reviewed. Chapters describe scientifically grounded models for promoting these key cognitive capacities at the level of the individual child, the classroom, and the entire school. Implications for teaching particular content areas�reading, writing, and math�are also discussed.

23x15cm  320 pages  $76.00  

Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens

Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens
Instant Help Series

Sharon Hansen

Disorganized, chronically late, forgetful, or impulsivethese are words commonly used to describe teens with executive functioning disorder (EFD), an attention disorder marked by an inability to stay on task. In this easy-to-use, practical workbook, a licensed school counselor provides teens suffering from EFD the skills needed to get organized, retain information, communicate effectively, and perform well in school and everyday life. From handling frustration to taking notes in class, this book will help teens with EFD hone the skills they need to succeed.
Instant Help Series

25x20cm  144 pages  $33.95  

Mindful Learning

Reduce stress and improve brain performance for effective learning

Dr Craig Hassed, Dr Richard Chambers

Whatever your age, whatever your learning environment, mindfulness can make a positive difference. Mindfulness is increasingly being used in educational environments as a way to help students learn more effectively, develop personally, enhance their physical and emotional health, and deal with study and exam-related demands. In Mindful Learning, the authors provide practical insights and exercises on how to apply mindfulness in the educational setting, resulting in a book that clearly sets out how we can manage stress, improve performance and create better communication and relationships. Whatever your age, whatever your learning environment, mindfulness can make a positive difference.

23x15cm  264 pages  $30.00  


Change Your Brain and Your Life

Daniel J Siegel

Shows how to observe the working of our minds, allowing us to understand why we think, feel, and act the way we do, and how, by following the proper steps, we can literally change the wiring and architecture of our brains. Offers exciting new proof that we have the ability, at any stage in our lives, to transform our thinking, and wellbeing, and our relationships.
The term 'mindsight' describes the innovative integration of brain science with the practice of psychotherapy. with a wealth of personal, hands-on experience, and access to the latest research findings, Dr Siegel is ideally placed to introduce this powerful therapeutic tool to a wide audience. Using interactive examples and case histories from his practice, he shows how mindsight can be applied to alleviate a range of psychological and interpersonal problems - from anxiety disorders to ingrained patterns of behaviour.

23x15cm  314 pages  $35.95  

Myth of the first three years

A New understanding of early brain development and lifelong learning

John Bruer

The author painstakingly shows that whilst development in the first three years is significant learning and cognitive development occur throughout childhood and indeed, one's entire life. Making hard science comprehensible for all readers, he marshals the neurological and psychological evidence to show that children and adults have been hardwired for lifelong learning.

244 pages  $55.00  

Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians

What Every Therepist Needs to Know

Arlene Montgomery

This book presents an overview of the latest theories of affect regulation and focuses on how these theories work in clinical settings and how therapists can be taught to implement them. The notion of teaching and learning will be extended by the theories themselves—the author presents methods of education that enact the theories being taught.

The book is divided into eight chapters, each one highlighting a particular structure or related structures of the brain. Suggestions for learning how to clinically apply the neurobiological/neuroanatomical information are offered. What is so unique about this book is that the bulk of the chapters are clinical dialogue, accompanied by neurobiological commentary. Thus, readers can see for themselves, during the course of parts of sessions, just how a “neurobiological outlook” can inform therapeutic understandings of what clients are doing and saying. The result is a very user-friendly learning experience for readers, as they are taken along a journey of understanding various brain systems and how they relate to psychotherapeutic principles.

304 pages  $43.95  

Whole-Brain Child

Revolutionary strategies to nurture your childs developing mind

Daniel J Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children. Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, this book will help your children lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using twelve key strategies, including:Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.Engage, Don't Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state.Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

21x14cm  176 pages  $24.95  

Whole-Brain Child Workbook

Practical exercises, worksheets and activities to nurture developing minds

Daniel Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

This book is a parent-friendly approach to brain science, demystifying how a child's brain is wired and offers strategies for addressing outbursts, meltdowns and tantrums. It has a unique, interactive approach that allows readers not only to think more deeply about how the ideas fit their own parenting approach, but also develop specific and practical ways to implement the concepts - and bring them to life for themselves and for their children. Dozens of clear, practical and age specific exercises and activities. Applications for clinicians, parents, educators, grandparents and care-givers.
The authors declare this workbook free of rules, obligations, or guilt - it's simply a tool for parents and caregivers t find more help and support, move towards a deeper understanding of and connection with their children, and gain a fuller understanding of themselves as parents.

28x22cm  136 pages  $49.95  

Why are they so weird? Now $12.00

What's really going on in a teenager's brain

Barbara Strauch

This is a book that explains what really happens inside our children's brains when they become adolescents. Hormones play their part, it's true, but new studies of ordinary teenagers from around the world who that far from stopping growing at seven or eleven, the brain of the typical teenager - particularly the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that governs logic and helps to control our emotions - undergoes substantial re-wiring during these years.

241 pages  $29.95  

Why Do They Act That Way?

A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, 10th anniversary revised edition

David Allen Walsh

This popular, practical guide by an expert author and media favorite presents new scientific evidence on the physical changes to the teen brain and detailed advice that parents and teachers can use to protect, educate, and guide adolescents.

21x14cm  288 pages  $28.00