"I wish this incitingly wise book had been available to me earlier in my life. The skills that are honed so well in The SKiLL-ionaire are essential for creating a social fitness program for children of all ages. It is an essential reading for this time in the life of our nation." Read morePHILIP G. ZIMBARDO, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
"Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin has written an invaluable primer on an overlooked topic: how to build children's awareness of their everyday competent actions. Integrating the latest neurobiological and developmental research..." Read moreKAETHE WEINGARTEN, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School Associate Professor
"In this innovative and useful book, Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin teaches readers how to engage young people in reflecting on and appreciating the skills and knowledge they show in their daily lives..." Read moreGENE COMBS and JILL FREEDMAN Authors of Narrative Therapy: The social construction of preferred realities.
"Marie-Nathalie has provided us in a very tidy and reader-friendly form, a genre of conversation that has young people produce their own knowledges rather than consume ours. This comes not only from her professional practice but her own practice as a parent of her two children..." Read moreDAVID EPSTON Co-Author of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
The SKiLL-ionaire in Every Child:
Boosting children's socio-emotional skills using the latest in brain research.
a book by Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin
Many young people today struggle with social and emotional issues such as low self-esteem, fears, anger, bullying, body image, and depression. The standard approach used in families, schools, and counseling centers, is to focus on what is “going wrong” and solve kids’ problems. Yet, a wide body of recent brain research shows that socio-emotional skills are best cultivated and secured by experiences that evoke positive emotions.
Is it possible to address problems and evoke positive emotions? Yes, it is! In this inspiring book, psychologist Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin teaches adults how to engage young people in “skill-boosting conversations” (SBC), a cutting-edge method to help them identify and further enrich the unique problem-solving strategies that have already been working best for them. Instead of dwelling on how to reduce a child’s impatience for example, you can boost the skill of patience.
Time and again, Beaudoin has seen these conversations lead to exciting transformations. Young people get a boost from having their skills called out and enjoy practicing their newly identified strategies, while parents, educators and counselors relish having concrete and effective ways of enhancing the development of young people’s socio-emotional intelligence.
With its clear and practical approach, and roots deep in neuroscience, The Skill-ionaire in Every Child offers parents, educators, and counselors a proven set of ideas for helping all our kids move forward through life with confidence, competence, and compassion.