Category Archives: Book Reviews

Scattered to Focused

Smart strategies to improve our child’s executive functioning system

Written by Zac Grisham, a former elementary school teacher and certified ADHD specialist who is himself diagnosed with ADHD, this book is simple to read and well organized. It’s full of expert advice and actionable strategies that can help a child build the skills they need to thrive, both at school and at home.

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Beyond Behaviors

Using brain science and compassion to understand and solve children’s behavioral challenges

Author: Mona Delahooke, PhD
RBE: 838

To be compassionate is to be aware of another’s suffering or distress and to have a strong desire to make that situation better for another human being. We can see compassion at a societal level for example when the tornado hit many parts of Ottawa, the community came together to raise money, offer shelter, clothing and food for those who lost their homes.  

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Sulky, Rowdy, Rude?

Why kids really act out and what to do about it

Authors: Bo Hejlskov Elvén and Tina Wiman

The book, Sulky, Rowdy, Rude? is primarily written for parents, using the lens of the Low Arousal Approach. It flows easily using common language instead of scientific terms. Each chapter begins with a scenario between a child and parent, followed by an analysis of what went wrong and how it can be improved. The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part goes through 13 principles that are necessary to understand what the Low Arousal Approach is. Part 2 describes case scenarios with action plans. Part 3 gives extra study material.

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In Memory of Eric Carle

CISS celebrates the life and the achievements of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

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