Too Mad to Trust: A Childrens Book With A Difference
Too Mad to Trust: A Children's Book With A Difference
What makes it different? Why would you want to buy it?
If you know children who prefer that others ask them to play, you’re in the majority! What fewer people know is how to help these kids push past fears to avoid a lifetime of speech and language disorders.
Scenes from the new children's book, Too Mad to Trust, are rolling into households amid a veritable "jungle" of literature. Like most books, it comes in Paperback, for Kindle, and on iBooks. This book works to do a couple of things for parents, kids, teachers, students, educators, and researchers...
Grabs Attention Through Vibrant Watercolor Illustrations
We designed these specifically to strengthen shrinking attention spans. This year, according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span in the U.S. is 8.25 seconds. You may have heard that the attention span for a goldfish is longer at 9 seconds! ACM Transactions on the Web studied the average number of words folks read on a single website before moving on; about 55 words, with 17 percent of browsers only looking at a website for less than 4 seconds.
Speech-Language Pathologist and co-author Linda Nathan checking a printed version of the book.
Launches a Discussion Sparking Self-Directed Initiatives
If your son or daughter doesn't like to ask others to play, you'll see a change in their attitudes after reading the book and discussing some of the suggested questions at the end. Allow the message to become naturally interpreted by your kids and read the book several times on different days, dealing with only one discussion topic at a time. Don’t forget to make sure your kids are reading the book on their own too! This way, readers internalize the message differently each time. They'll take the initiative to change a behavior when they're ready, so you want to suggest that they ask someone else to play only after some time has passed since you read and discussed the book for the third or forth time. Often, you'll discover that they'll volunteer to ask...if you don't push them.
You merely wait for your son or daughter to naturally request to take that initiative, which is how this book was designed from a social psychology perspective.
Addresses Questions About Who to Trust (and Why)
In this first book in a series about the types of folks you want kids to trust and those you want them to be skeptical about, you’ll find a special focus on trusting friends. What does it mean to be a friend and why should you trust them?
This topical theme is the heart and soul of our book.
Helps Adults Sense When to Address a Child’s Fears Directly
It’s challenging to know when to step in and guide your children and when to let them figure out things on their own. With 80-93 percent of all communication nonverbal, from our vocal inflections to our gestures and facial expressions, we say so much without ever speaking a word! This book helps parents, educators, and teachers better tune in to nonverbal cues children provide that tell us whether we should intervene. But you have to watch your son or daughter, listening more with your “eyes” than your ears. It’s a different way of thinking, so it will take some time to adjust just like anything else.
Once you know what to look for, you know when to jump in or stay away—all of which is crucial in your child’s mental development.
Stay tuned for more articles on nonverbal communication cues, as we forge some additional forums into “reference collections” so you can access tools and tips easily. Or subscribe by providing your information so we can notify you each time a new tip emerges on our blog, our website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Stops a Speech & Language Disorder Before it’s a Lifelong Plague
When kids are deeply afraid of something, it’s usually not about the things they discuss with anyone. Fear of the dark, fear about going to a new school, fear about making friends—all of these are fears your child will tell you about.
It’s the fears your child only tells you about through their nonverbal cues that require attention to avoid some speech and language disorders that grow worse with age.
Stuttering can be one example that may stem from anxiety rooted in fears. Selective mutism is another, which is kind of like “selective hearing” only on a scale that requires treatment with a certified clinical Speech-Language Pathologist like my Mom, Linda Nathan.
This book is designed to flesh out those nonverbal cues so you can more visibly notice the link between your kid’s fear of one thing and the related beginnings of a potential speech or language problem. It takes time to learn how to recognize these links, which is why I’ll continue to add tips on our blog throughout the next year as we read to elementary school students while studying the book’s effectiveness. Don’t beat yourself up just yet if you have trouble discerning the signs or seeing the link between unchecked fears and related disorders. Reading this book with kids and working with it by yourself are the best first steps you can take to help children!
You may also want to head to some of the other social media sites I discussed, with links throughout this article. You can also tap into resources to see the work of other scholars studying the relationship between emotions in children and speech-language disorders, although there is a dearth of articles on the subject right now.
That’s why we feel it’s critical to study this book’s effectiveness. It expands and builds on a, currently, very limited crop of research in the field.
Have a question? Make sure to ask us and we'll get back to you right away! We’re here to help more than we’re here to sell books.
In fact, this book is our way of starting a conversation and beginning to shine additional light on a growing problem. As a professor, I want you to feel you learn something every time you come to our website, read an article, book, or paper I write, or catch a speech I give. I’m also always open to talking directly with you, coming into a school to help, or scheduling an event in which we’ll work on these concepts together. I’m here to help you. That’s what I do every day as an educator…and I love it!
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Meet Andy who is prodded by his Mom to ask his friend to play on a summer day. Always wanting to be the one asked to do things instead of doing the asking, much like all of us, Andy initially resists but eventually sets out to knock on his friend’s door. Along the way, Andy thinks of all the things his friend might say or do. He could be busy or play games Andy isn’t good at, which might lead to him being the target of jokes. None of these things happens, of course, as Andy learns to...
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