Friday, October 18, 2013

Quiet Kids

Quiet Kids:

Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World

By Christine Fonseca

Published by Prufrock Press/Sourcebooks, October 2013

Introverts generally get a bad press. Regarded as shy, retiring types, unable or unwilling to be good team players or engage wholeheartedly in group work -  modern society has all too many negative synonyms for introversion.

Just because introverts do not necessarily chatter endlessly or engage frenetically with others 24/7 does not mean they are not as equally creative, innovative and intelligent, and this book sets out to dispel many of the myths which surround introversion as well as providing a valuable resource for parents, educators and introverts themselves to use. Parents may be completely nonplussed about how to help their introverted, quiet child to both survive and thrive in a society which does not see the value of introversion; quiet kids are often the target of bullies and do need to be taught stratagems to become more confident and stand up for themselves effectively in a sadly sometimes hostile society.

Personality and temperament are two different things altogether; we never change our basic biologically determined temperament but our environment, interactions and own will can certainly adapt our personality; the author is a typical introvert but has learnt to enjoy public speaking about introversion! Quiet kids are very often the brightest children in a class but this can easily be overlooked because the child  may be reluctant to get involved in group projects or willingly volunteer information or answer questions; teachers are encouraged to look at alternative stratagems for getting the very best from these pupils and making them feel comfortable and valued in a classroom setting. Parents may sometimes feel their child is standing on the margins of family life and a huge part of this book is devoted to helping parents to enable an introverted child to have the solitude he/she craves whilst still being an active and engaged member of a family/social group and being valued for who he/she is.

This is **such** a valuable book, and should certainly be compulsory reading for those learning to be educators!

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