No Manual? No Problem! Strategies and Interventions to Help Your Child Thrive in Today’s World
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With over 60 years of combined experience in education, teaching and parenting, Monica Reinhard-Gorney and Perk Musacchio offer a comprehensive resource for parents that explains how children develop at all stages and provides progressive research on child and brain development.
The authors identify common “culprits,” such as poor diet, too much screen time and lack of play, which can inhibit healthy social, behavioral and physical growth and development. To combat these culprits, they reveal over 100 safe, drug-free interventions and strategies backed by science to encourage the body and brain to perform optimally, and even show the potential to improve symptoms of ADD/ADHD, fine and gross motor deficits, and other learning disabilities. Shared alongside this information are personal accounts of successful implementation of the various strategies and interventions.
In addition, the book brings to light why some parenting styles are effective while others fall short, helping you to cultivate and nurture a parenting style that works best for you and your child.
No Manual? No Problem! empowers you to take an active role in your child’s development at all stages so that your child can reach his or her full potential.
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Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D.
Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University
Author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards and Becoming Brilliant
“With an unprecedented number of children diagnosed with chronic health, learning and developmental conditions, parents in the 21st century really do need a manual. Perk and Monica have created THE manual to guide parents through the complex maze of parenting in the 21st century. By offering practical tips and strategies to overcome the root causes of our children’s health and learning problems they offer hope and inspiration for every parent.”
Beth Lambert, M.A.
Executive Director, Epidemic Answers and the Documenting Hope Project
Author of A Compromised Generation and Brain Under Attack
“Monica and Perk have done a wonderful job of touching on a vast number of topics that impact children, their health and their ability to learn. I am impressed that they covered topics as diverse as methylation, nutrigenomics, and the need for zinc and other nutrients to the power of positive affirmations. I think this book will be a comprehensive guide to parents on a wide range of topics to help support healthier children, both in mind as well as body!”
Dr. Amy Yasko, Ph.D., NHD, AMD, HHP, FAAIM
Author of AUTISM: Pathways to Recovery, Feel Good Nutrigenomics: Your Roadmap to Health, and Feel Good Nucleotides.
“No Manual? No Problem! takes passion, expertise, research and real-life applications and creates a comprehensive manual for parents, educators and anyone who cares about the life and development of a child. The authors have done an outstanding job considering all the factors that impact the growth of a child, making sure the ‘whole child’ is understood. By including data, knowledge and experience, the authors enable the reader to fully understand how the child’s biology, environment and cultural norms can help the child be successful, or tear that child down. A great source for answering why our children are not thriving and what we can do?!”
Karen L. Dickinson, Ph.D.
West Chester University Associate Professor in Counselor Education
Professional School Counselor
“Perk and Monica have written a tremendously valuable book for any parent and educator. These two uniquely experienced authors have taken on and accomplished a monumental task; illuminating and introducing a wide variety of present concerns, risks and opportunities when raising children in today’s unique world. Whether they are examining risks and rewards of screen time, the need for play, specific learning struggles or the uniqueness of the adolescent brain, both authors understand the need for looking at current research and keeping focused on emotional and family health in easy to understand ways. Brava for combining heart with mind, no easy task.”
Sanford Shapiro, M.Ed.
Learning Specialist and Educational Consultant
Author of A Light Within, a children's book about anxiety
“Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. But unlike professional educators, parents, as a rule, receive little training. Most of us rely on what our parents did for us and what our friends with children our children’s ages think and do. Most of the time, for most of us, things seem to work out. But some of us most of the time and all of us some of the time, are not sure what to do or to whom to turn when we need advice. In No Manual? No Problem! two experienced educator/parents -- Monica Reinhard-Gorney and Perk Musacchio—help bridge the gap between parent and educator with some strategies for helping our children thrive in today’s challenging world. They identify a number of “culprits” which may be inhibiting our children’s success and present a number of options we may consider for arresting those culprits.
No Manual? No Problem! is written in straightforward language without reliance on the esoteric language of educators. It’s written by parents for parents in language parents will find “no problem.” The book offers no guarantees. But it does offer some hope in the form of new approaches to old problems and some resources for those who may need them. In reading this book I was encouraged to think about old things in new ways and to consider things I’d never considered before. Now that’s a book worth reading.”
Joseph E. Haviland
Professor at Temple University
“No Manual? No Problem! is a ‘must read’ manual which identifies current trends and profiles multiple barriers to optimizing child development and learning, and is for anyone who has or works with children e.g. parents, teachers, school admin, clinicians, counsellors, psychologists and physicians.”
Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT
CEO Sunshine Coast Occupational Therapy Inc. and Zone’in Programs Inc.
Author of Virtual Child: The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children
“I write this not just as a clinical neuroscientist and a university professor but most importantly as the parent of a toddler. The western society and lifestyle is plagued with technological riches. We live in a time where playtime is being prescribed to children and adolescents. Where we (and our children) are consumed by technology and screen time. Where there is so much information overload the brain doesn’t have time to decompress, relax, untether…detox. So, the audience of this book should not just be those seeking answers and information on their academically or otherwise underperforming child, but any parent, educator, and counselor. This information is for all. Written by two very distinguished teachers with significant experience. The book makes a great informational read. A manual if I may…no manual, no problem! Here it is. Well rounded information on the what, when, where, and hows. Kudos to the authors on this book and must read for any parent (not) looking for answers.”
Harsimran S Baweja P.T. Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, Applied Movement Sciences, and Substance Abuse
Director, Neuromechanics and Neuroplasticity Laboratory
School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
San Diego State University
"The school setting has changed drastically and we see many children being treated for social, emotional, physical, and mental issues. No Manual? No Problem! Strategies and Interventions to Help Your Child Thrive in Today’s World by Monica Reinhard-Gorney and Perk Musacchio is an insightful tool for all parents in handling the challenges their kids face today. The book sheds light on child development at all stages and also has tips to improve symptoms of ADD/ADHD, and other learning disabilities. The strategies and techniques in this book will help parents to play an active role in their child’s development at all phases of their life so that they can reach their full potential. It is also helpful when it comes to developing a parenting style that works best for each parent and their child.
The authors use their experience and handle a relevant topic with expertise, along with personal stories and examples that make it easy for parents to understand cumulative problems. The information is useful to all those parents who want to make changes in the lives of their children, especially children who are facing physical, emotional, or learning challenges. The book also introduces readers to therapies and involved interventions that can be implemented with the help of professionals to tackle the symptoms associated with behavior and learning disabilities. It is a good book that will help parents, tutors, educators, therapists, and counselors deal better with children who are facing physical, emotional, or learning challenges."
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