Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

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Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

by Ross W. Greene

Scribner | October 20, 2009 | Trade Paperback |

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From a distinguished clinician, pioneer in working with behaviorally challenging kids, and author of the acclaimed The Explosive Child comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.

Frequent visits to the principal''s office. Detentions. Suspensions. Expulsions. These are the established tools of school discipline for kids who don''t abide by school rules, have a hard time getting along with other kids, don''t seem to respect authority, don''t seem interested in learning, and are disrupting the learning of their classmates. But there''s a big problem with these strategies: They are ineffective for most of the students to whom they are applied.

It''s time for a change in course.

Here, Dr. Ross W. Greene presents an enlightened, clear-cut, and practical alternative. Relying on research from the neurosciences, Dr. Greene offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the difficulties of kids with behavioral challenges and explains why traditional discipline isn''t effective at addressing these difficulties. Emphasizing the revolutionarily simple and positive notion that kids do well if they can, he persuasively argues that kids with behavioral challenges are not attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, coercive, or unmotivated, but that they lack the skills to behave adaptively. And when adults recognize the true factors underlying difficult behavior and teach kids the skills in increments they can handle, the results are astounding: The kids overcome their obstacles; the frustration of teachers, parents, and classmates diminishes; and the well-being and learning of all students are enhanced.

In Lost at School, Dr. Greene describes how his road-tested, evidence-based approach -- called Collaborative Problem Solving -- can help challenging kids at school.

His lively, compelling narrative includes:

• tools to identify the triggers and lagging skills underlying challenging behavior.

• explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids -- along with many examples showing how it''s done.

• dialogues, Q & A''s, and the story, which runs through the book, of one child and his teachers, parents, and school.

• practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among teachers, parents, administrations, and kids.

Backed by years of experience and research, and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 20, 2009

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416572279

ISBN - 13: 9781416572275

Found in: Reference and Language

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Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

by Ross W. Greene

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 20, 2009

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416572279

ISBN - 13: 9781416572275

About the Book

From a distinguished clinician who works with behaviorally challenging kids and author of the acclaimed "The Explosive Child" comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.

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Introduction The wasted human potential is tragic. In so many schools, kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are still poorly understood and treated in a way that is completely at odds with what is now known about how they came to be challenging in the first place. The frustration and desperation felt by teachers and parents is palpable. Many teachers continue to experience enormous stress related to classroom behavior problems and from dealing with parents, and do not receive the support they need to help their challenging students. Half of teachers leave the profession within their first four years, and kids with behavioral challenges and their parents are cited as one of the major reasons. Parents know there''s trouble at school, know they''re being blamed, feel their kids are being misunderstood and mistreated, but feel powerless to make things better and are discouraged and put off by their interactions with school personnel. School discipline is broken. Not surprisingly, tightening the vise grip hasn''t worked. A task force of the American Psychological Association has recently concluded that zero-tolerance policies, which were intended to reduce violence and behavior problems in our schools, have instead achieved the opposite effect. A review of ten years of research found that these policies have not only failed to make schools safe or more effective in handling student behavior, but have actually increased behavior problems and dropout rates. Yet pub
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. School of Hard Knocks

2. Kids Do Well If They Can

3. Lesson Plans

4. Let''s Get It Started

5. Bumps in the Road

6. Filling in the Gaps

7. Meeting of the Minds

8. School of Thought

9. Lives in the Balance

Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Plan

Sources

Books Cited and Other Recommended Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

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From a distinguished clinician, pioneer in working with behaviorally challenging kids, and author of the acclaimed The Explosive Child comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.

Frequent visits to the principal''s office. Detentions. Suspensions. Expulsions. These are the established tools of school discipline for kids who don''t abide by school rules, have a hard time getting along with other kids, don''t seem to respect authority, don''t seem interested in learning, and are disrupting the learning of their classmates. But there''s a big problem with these strategies: They are ineffective for most of the students to whom they are applied.

It''s time for a change in course.

Here, Dr. Ross W. Greene presents an enlightened, clear-cut, and practical alternative. Relying on research from the neurosciences, Dr. Greene offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the difficulties of kids with behavioral challenges and explains why traditional discipline isn''t effective at addressing these difficulties. Emphasizing the revolutionarily simple and positive notion that kids do well if they can, he persuasively argues that kids with behavioral challenges are not attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, coercive, or unmotivated, but that they lack the skills to behave adaptively. And when adults recognize the true factors underlying difficult behavior and teach kids the skills in increments they can handle, the results are astounding: The kids overcome their obstacles; the frustration of teachers, parents, and classmates diminishes; and the well-being and learning of all students are enhanced.

In Lost at School, Dr. Greene describes how his road-tested, evidence-based approach -- called Collaborative Problem Solving -- can help challenging kids at school.

His lively, compelling narrative includes:

• tools to identify the triggers and lagging skills underlying challenging behavior.

• explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids -- along with many examples showing how it''s done.

• dialogues, Q & A''s, and the story, which runs through the book, of one child and his teachers, parents, and school.

• practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among teachers, parents, administrations, and kids.

Backed by years of experience and research, and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid.

Editorial Reviews

"A positive and practical approach for teachers who want to work to redemptively with kids whose classroom behavior is an impediment to academic and social success." -- Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
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