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Publisher's Summary

How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries - and difficulties - encountered by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind - as an infant, in school, and during adolescence?

Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism. They dispel common myths about important subjects, such as the value of educational videos for babies, the meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ). Most of all, this book will help you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax.

©2011 Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The authors are consummate myth busters: birth order, research reveals, has little impact on personality, and the left-brain is as emotionally charged as the right. In this info-packed text, Aamodt and Wang offer some familiar advice (e.g., no videos for children under two) as well as some thought-provoking revelations." (Publishers Weekly)

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I prefer to hear advice backed by extensive scientific support than listen to people push their opinions. This book delivered.

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  • S. Moore
  • Tucson, AZ United States
  • 02-19-13

Good Lay Review of Brain Development

Would you consider the audio edition of Welcome to Your Child's Brain to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The thorough review of the literature and wealth of examples. The book doe not really develop a story. It is more like an annotated bibliography of concepts and ideas.

What does Pete Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's relatively invisible as the narrator. For this kind of work, that is a good thing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the book's attention to debunking myths. The authors do not cut frauds or stupid people any slack.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful