Parent's Guide to Solving School Problems, The

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By Don Fontenelle

Publisher : Selfhelp Success Books

ABOUT Don Fontenelle

Don Fontenelle
Don H. Fontenelle received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University and has practiced in the profession for more than a quarter-century. He has spent most of his career treating children, parents, and teachers. He has authored thirteen books on the subject, some of w More...



Children spend the majority of their lives participating in school and school-related activities; therefore, when their educational experiences are negative, their overall development is affected. Nationally recognized clinical psychologist Don Fontenelle provides parents with the skills to identify academic and behavioral problems and gives them the resources to overcome them. From daily routines and social conduct to grade point average and study habits, parents can help their children achieve the short-term goals that will impact them for a lifetime. School problems are not defined solely by academic performance, but grades can be an excellent indicator that a child is having difficulty. Many factors can affect a child's routine in ways that he is unable to express adequately. Dealing with bullies, criticism from teachers, or a disruption in their environment can challenge their focus. There are techniques that a parent can use at home to improve their child's coping skills in the outside world. At times, parental intervention is not enough and summer school, home school, or special education should be considered. In other instances, a therapist or psychologist should be consulted. Fontenelle addresses the emotional and learning disabilities that are commonly identified in school-aged children. He explains in matter-of-fact terms how attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diminish a child's impulse control and attention span. He also provides forty ways to improve comprehension of assignments in children with disabilities such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. No matter what level your child performs on academically, behaviorally, or socially, Fontenelle's methods can help them improve.