Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success Reviews

Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success

Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success

Peak Performance for Smart Kids provides success strategies, activities, tools, real-life examples, and checklists for parents to employ to help their kids achieve to their highest potential. Even the most talented child will not succeed if he or she has not developed the mental, psychological, and emotional skills to face the heavy demands of high performance. Maureen Neihart, a psychologist and leading authority on talent development in children, examines seven mental habits of successful kids, providing practical approaches for developing them in talented children of all ages in this easy-to-read guide for parents and teachers.

By working with parents to complete the activities included in this book, high-ability kids will learn to manage stress and anxiety, set and achieve goals, use mental rehearsal to improve performance, manage their moods and emotions, practice optimistic thinking, and resolve their frustrations of needing to belong while needing to achieve. With its research-based strategies and unique approach to maximizing potential, this is a book from which every parent of smart kids can benefit!

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  1. Lorel Shea said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent resource!, May 24, 2008
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    Lorel Shea (New England) –
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    This review is from: Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success (Paperback)

    Peak Performance for Smart Kids-Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success is a practical and well written guidebook. Author Maureen Neihart is an experienced child psychologist who has worked extensively with gifted youth and their families. She is known internationally as a leader in the field of talent development.

    Chapter one opens the book with, “What Do Coaches, Athletes, and Performing Artists Know that We Don’t?” Neihart states, ” There is a level of achievement at which further talent development takes more than ability and hard work. It requires psychological preparedness-mental and emotional skills that drive performance.” This is an important point, and perhaps the most salient of the book. What is it that distinguishes the highly intelligent kids who win awards from those who merely do well in school? Maybe not as much as you think. Niehart identifies seven mental competencies that drive performance. She stresses that these are skills that can be acquired through direct instruction and practice.

    Chapter two covers stress and anxiety. Stress isn’t all bad, the author points out, though too much can be psychologically crippling. Other chapters have titles such as, ” Out of the Comfort Zone: Moving Your Child to their Edge of Competence” and ” Reconciling the Need to Belong with the Need to Achieve.” She also notes how sleep and diet are important influences on energy and mood. There are nine chapters in all, and each offers valuable insight and tips.

    Chapter sidebars contain helpful vignettes about people who have overcome obstacles to success. Featured individuals include an Olympic diver and two Davidson Fellows. The emphasis here is on assisting children to make the most of their potential, and not “pushing” for academic success at the cost of all else. This book is not about creating superkids- it is rather about finding the appropriate challenge level for your child. The author points out what kids do not learn when they are allowed to coast. They miss the opportunity to learn study skills, time management, and how to deal with setbacks and disappointments. I know quite a few adults who could benefit from a lesson on goal setting or perseverance, and I am looking forward to practicing these strategies right alongside my children!

    I am happy to recommend Peak Performance for Smart Kids. This book offers information in a clear, accessible manner and the tips offered are relatively easy to practice and incorporate into regular use.

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  2. Vera Liew said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    A practical resource to support parents and educators who are interested in bringing the best out of their children/ students, April 7, 2011
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    This review is from: Peak Performance for Smart Kids: Strategies and Tips for Ensuring School Success (Paperback)

    Peak Performance for Smart Kids by Prof. Maureen Niehart is stimulating and easy to read book for parents, counselors and educators.

    The book has several strengths. Firstly, the author synthesized optimal practices in nurturing talents and developing resilience in smart kids. It should not be regarded as a “sure win” recipe book. The “practical help” section and tools in the book should not be used in a lock-step manner. This is because children are not parents’ project, rather they are individauls with many needs (intellectual, social and emotions)and temperament. Also, they are individuals with abilities and potentials to be identified, nurtured and developed. As a parent, the book helps me to reflect what are the areas I have not done for my children and how else I can improve relationship with my children.

    Secondly, the research evidence gives confidence to our practices as parents and teachers. There are also real life cases illustrated througout the book to support author’s point of view and sharing. This is a useful feature as it helps me to visualise talents in a concrete manner.

    I strongly recommend Peak Performance for Smart Kids for all.I give five stars to Prof. Neihart’s contribution.

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  3. GatheringBooks said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    When Theory meets Practice – Academic-Practitioner Links to nurture talent, March 18, 2011
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    There are quite a number of books in the market that promise to provide quick fixes on how to guarantee excellence, how to promote expertise among talented students, essentially cookbook strategies on how to mix and match certain conditions with the hopes of producing optimal performance. This book is not one of them.

    While deceptively thin and couched in layman’s terminologies that would be accessible to most people, each chapter has strong empirical underpinnings as well as solid theoretical foundations. I am in the academe and I use this book as an example to my teacher-students on how evidence based research need not be needlessly boring, unbearably tedious, and of absolutely no use at all to practitioners, parents, and teachers for whom the researches are targeted to begin with.

    What I love about this book is its ability to synthesize research and present them in such a way that it would be readily understandable and meaningful to its reader. It is concise, direct, and focused without lapsing into jargon, pedantry, or inspirational hoo-hah to entice the parents. The book in its entirety has a laser beam focus that answers essential questions it aimed to answer from its first chapter: “What do coaches, athletes and performing artists know that we don’t?” to learning what the “most important thing is” in chapter 9.

    Moreover, it contains actual real-life scenarios based on Professor Maureen Neihart’s extensive experience as a clinician/practitioner that bring all the concepts clearly to life. As a teacher educator, I know that my teacher-students appreciate the worksheets that accompany most of the key concepts being introduced. A parent can do this with his or her own child or a teacher can facilitate some of the suggested workshops/activities (with accompanying worksheets) in their own classroom.

    Needless to say, I give this a 5-star recommendation. I haven’t found a book yet that is comparable in terms of ease of reading, grounded in evidence-based research, highly up-to-date, as well as authentic enough to connect to each one of us who aim to promote talent, strive for excellence, be it among our kids or for our own students – or for ourselves.

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