The must-read guide to help your child deal with the fallout of remote learning and navigate today's high-stakes, high-stress education experience with effective strategies and tools to help students manage their mental health and reach their full potential in school and life from a child psychologist with over twenty years of experience.
“The Disintegrating Student will quickly become an essential guide for every student and parent working to survive and thrive in the current education environment." —Carolyn Lambert, Parent Coach, Nathan’s Waypoint
You know your child is bright. Until recently, school was fine--easy, even. Now, your son or daughter is struggling academically and emotionally. Falling grades, scattered work, assignments unfinished or not turned in, outbursts and upheaval...what is going on? Is it remote-learning, hybrid classes, ever changing COVID protocols? Or is it something else? And how can you help?
The truth is that many smart students are reaching a point where they feel overwhelmed and stressed out. As their grades drop, so does their self-esteem, and this combination of external and internal pressures can seem insurmountable. To make matters worse, students feel unable to ask for or accept help. In The Disintegrating Student, Jeannine Jannot, Ph.D. draws on her decades of experience as a school psychologist, educator, and student coach to explain the reasons for this increasingly common phenomenon. Dr. Jannot identifies the skill deficits and counterproductive behaviors of disintegrating students, and provides a complete toolbox of techniques and strategies to combat them.
Effective and science-based, these tools address the specific challenges faced by students and their parents, including:
* organization * time management * stress * study habits * sleep * mindset * emotional well-being* and screens.
Learn how to build trust, motivate, and encourage responsibility and problem solving. Empowering and engaging, The Disintegrating Student will show you how to help your child embrace what's going right, address what's going wrong, and develop the skills needed for success in school and in life.
“Dr. Jannot manages to succinctly explain…what may be happening for your child, how to help overcome those obstacles, and maybe even adjust your own expectations without feeling like you’re giving in. ‘Successful’ students are more than just good grades, and this book is a literal primer for creating a strong foundation for success.”
—Krista Smith, Organizational Psychologist and mother of three (16, 14, and 10)
Students who "care so much that when they start to struggle academically... paralyzes them into inaction" can be helped, posits school psychologist Jannot in her approachable debut. More and more kids, she writes, are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, school phobia, and slipping grades, but a mindset shift, receptive parenting, and specific skill sets can turn things around. To help parents understand the myriad pressures on their children, Jannot covers ways to better understand how kids think (as opposed to just what they're thinking), research on sleep cycles (most kids get less shut eye than they need teens require eight to 10 hours per night), and the effects of stress on the body (which parents can ease by helping them out). She instructs parents to have vulnerable, honest conversations with their kids and to approach issues with compassionate solutions conceding, for example, that it's fine for kids to fake sick in moments of peer pressure. Jannot's style is casual and buoyant, though at times she can be overly reassuring in her promise that all struggling students were once "super smart." As much a pep talk as a set of strategies, this will hit the spot for parents looking for ways to get their children out of an academic rut.