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The Incredible Teenage Brain: Everything You Need to Know to Unlock Your Teen's Potential

Bettina Hohnen Jane Gilmour Tara Murphy Douglas Broadley

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
15 October 2019
Child & developmental psychology; Educational psychology; Health & Self-Help; Teenagers: advice for parents
This book is a must read for anyone parenting, teaching or supporting teens, who wants to empower them to reach their potential. Written by a team of clinical psychologists, it leads you through tried and tested strategies to build strong relationships and improve communication with young people as they develop, learn and grow.

In the book we learn that the 'teenage brain' is unique which gives us an incredible opportunity for change and development, but it is also a time when young people are particularly sensitive and potentially vulnerable . It guides you through ways to communicate effectively with teens without negatively affecting their self-esteem. There are plenty of tips about what to say, what not say and the best mindset to use with teens, day to day.

The authors draw from the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, years of clinical expertise and first-hand parenting experience. It's relatable like your best friend's advice, and informed by scientific evidence - easy to read, hard to put down.
By:   Bettina Hohnen, Jane Gilmour, Tara Murphy
Illustrated by:   Douglas Broadley
Foreword by:   Sarah Jayne Blakemore
Imprint:   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 172mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   616g
ISBN:   9781785925573
ISBN 10:   1785925571
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
Foreword; Introduction; Section 1: The Incredible Teen Brain; 1. Upgrade: the incredible teenage brain; 2. The brain thinks and feels; 3. The brain learns and believes; 4. The brain connects, watches and absorbs; 5. The brain loves other people; Section 2: Teens facing additional challenges; 6. Teen mental health: When teen brains can become overwhelmed; 7. Neurodiverse teen brains - teenagers with a learning difference; Section 3: The developmental priorities, or 'tasks' of a teenager; 8. Social factors and natural attractors; 9. Teens' Risk taking Sets them Up for Adult Lifeand - and builds important brain circuitry; 10. The power of feelings and motivation; 11. Who Am I? the teenage search for identity; 12. Ready to launch (with your help); Section 4: The importance of cCare and self-care for the developing teenage brain; 13. Sleepy teens; 14. Energy in, energy out - creating healthy habits in the teen brain; 15. Good stress, bad stress; 16. #Social media and technology; Section 5: May The Force Be With You, Luke; 17. The Last Word

Bettina, Jane and Tara are clinical psychologists who have a specialist interest in neuropsychology and all based at or have worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London. All have academic backgrounds and over 20 years' experience working with children, young people and families, and delivering training to parents and professionals.

Reviews for The Incredible Teenage Brain: Everything You Need to Know to Unlock Your Teen's Potential

I'm blown away by this book, I just couldn't put it down. As I turned the pages, it made me reflect not just on my teenage children, but on my own teenage years. I'm refreshed, inspired and can't wait to share it with my friends . It's so full of useful recommendations that I'll be using it like TripAdvisor in researching my teens for months and years to come. -- Valerie Lindsay (mother of teenage children) Any teacher who works with teenagers will find this book fascinating and invaluable. The science of the brain is explained so clearly and offers a new way to look at the rapidly developing brain and how it influences teen behavior and learning. The malleability of the teen brain is reflected in the unpredictable behavior of teenagers as well as their ability to learn rapidly. This book explains the neuroscience of learning. Bettina, Jane and Tara emphasise the primary need for emotional security as a secure base for learning in school and they give many examples of how stress and anxiety affect the brain and interfere with learning. What I love the most about this book is that it is written with emotional insight and a great deal of compassion. Bettina, Jane and Tara and offer a hopeful and positive way to look at adolescent behavior which has often been seen as negative and offer many examples of how teachers can create a 'positive cycle of learning'. -- Sarah Fortna, teacher and learning specialist Bettina Hohnen, Tara Murphy, and Jane Gilmour have written an accessible, useful and fun guide for parents and teachers of adolescents. They do an admirable job of explaining several aspects of the developmental changes taking place in adolescence-and tying these changes to practical tips and exercises for those wanting to support adolescents. Most importantly, they effectively convey how adolescence represents a period of opportunity-a time of learning and development. -- Ronald E. Dahl MD, Professor, Community Health Sciences and Professor, Joint Medical This brilliantly written book celebrates the teenager and simply and clearly explains the biological, psychological and social impacts of adolescence. By really understanding the teenage brain it is possible to enable our children to navigate this key developmental time without our anxiety getting in the way. This book will empower us all to enable our teen to develop into the best version of themselves while holding strong during some of the inevitable challenges on the way. Every family should buy a copy on their child's 13th birthday! -- Professor Tanya Byron, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, journalist, author, broadcaster, London This book's a relief to read! A fresh and heartening take on how to see and work with teen potential, it gives a positive, practical steer on the grittiest of problems, along with plenty of examples and some great, direct solutions that actually work. Anything that helps us understand and elegantly manage the inherent ups and downs that come with having teenagers in the family is valuable stuff. If you wished that modern teens came with a manual, honestly, you need look no further. -- Samantha Murray Greenway (parent of two teenagers) Such a useful and reassuring book for parents, carers and anyone working with young people. The authors dismiss the stereotype of the 'troublemaker teen' and spell out with great clarity how we can all help our teenagers to flourish. They explain why teens are at the height of their learning potential in all areas of life and show us how, by choosing our words carefully and making shifts in our own behaviour, we can help them shine. -- Margaret Rooke, author 'You can Change the World. Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere' and 'Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time)' This is an insightful, inspiring and fun book that opens the lid on the often misunderstood and sometimes maligned world of the teenager. Drawing on personal experience and the authors' work as clinicians it reveals how teenagers are affected by brain development, their expanding social world and self-concept as emerging adults. Invaluable for parents and those who work with teens. -- Prof. Tony Charman, Chair in Clinical Child Psychology, King's College London An exciting book. It unravels the complexities of teenage thoughts, stresses and behaviour patterns and shows adults how to respond in a positive and uplifting way. This builds up self-belief, happiness and ambition. I wish this had been around when my children were teenagers! -- Diana Hudson, author of Specific Learning Difficulties What Teachers Need to Know, secondary school teacher and mother to four adult children The Incredible Teenage Brain is a brilliant distillation of the best advice that we can give parents and professionals based on what we have learned about the brain and mind over the past 50 years. It is exceptionally accessible notwithstanding the extraordinary wealth of information it contains on adolescent behaviour. It is perhaps the best book for mental health professionals to recommend to families. But they also should make sure to keep a copy on their shelf. -- Professor Peter Fonagy OBE FMedSci FBA FAcSS PhD DipPsy, Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences Director, Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families, National Clinical Advisor on Children's Mental Health This book is full of practical advice for parents of teenagers. It uses up-to-date understanding of how the brain works to give sensible, useful guides on how to handle adolescents. It reflects a new revolution in our understanding of how relationships can affect brain structure, and gives sensible advice on how to optimise children and young people's development so they are set up with healthy brains for the rest of their lives. -- Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, Kings's College London, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital


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