DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Craig Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., a Denver-based mental health counselor with four decades of experience working with children and families, announced today the release of his book, Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solutions To Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success, (Illumify Media Global). The book, which retails for $20.99 and is available on Amazon.com in print and E-book as well as on www.wiredandconnected.com, provides brain-based solutions for ensuring social skills and emotional success of children, kindergarten through sixth grade.
Wired and Connected details the interplay of the three key areas of the brain responsible for a child’s distinct behavioral, emotional and social functioning, in an easy-to-understand handbook. Knippenberg defines these areas as the President, the Factory and the Mirror—his code names for the frontal lobe, limbic system, and mirror neuron system, respectively. Unlike traditional parenting books, Wired and Connected tailors advice to each individual child, based on these three brain areas. Understanding these areas empowers adults and children to become conscious, mindful users of their powerful social brains. This self-awareness allows children to regulate their brain-based behavior and take an active role in their own social development.
New York Times’ best-selling authors Michael Thompson, PhD and Michael Gurian as well as internationally renowned ADHD/brain expert Russell Barkley, PhD endorse Knippenberg’s ability to capture the individuality of a child’s social brain and provide parental and educational strategies to meet their needs.
The book, written for parents, teachers, and mental health clinicians, simplifies the social brain’s complexities and combines time-honored parenting tips with the latest brain research on common problems children increasingly face, such as academic pressure, homework stress, fear of failure, parental over-involvement, social anxiety, bullying/peer pressure, screen time, decreasing empathy and poor impulse control. Wired and Connected instructs the reader using a combination of metaphors and entertaining anecdotes while also featuring exercises to share with children, students and clients in a host of emotional and social situations.
“Leveraging my extensive experience in working with children and their families with an explosion in brain research prompted me to write this important and timely book. In Wired and Connected, I combine brain-based research within three areas of the brain in developing children, which I have studied closely over the course of my career. Not only have I researched these areas but I have put protocols into play through my work with children in the education field as well as in my private practice. The book contains guidance for such practices along with proven methodologies,” said Knippenberg.
“I believe the release of this book comes at an opportune time when families are in greater need of the tips and solutions which are spelled out to aid in appropriately and successfully navigating child development amid today’s ever-changing landscape,” he explained.
Michael J. Klassen, president and publisher at Illumify Media Global, added: “We partnered with Craig to publish this guidebook and bring it to market knowing full-well the benefits it would bring to anyone engaged in child-rearing and development. He is spot on with the solutions he provides and the approaches he outlines.”
Wired and Connected is a must read not only for parents but also for teachers and mental health professionals who work with children, as it offers interactive and engaging exercises for teaching the concepts highlighted in the book to children. The book takes understanding neurodiversity to a whole new level.
About Craig Knippenberg
Craig Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., is a Denver-based mental health therapist who has garnered significant expertise working with children and families throughout his four decades in private practice and while serving as a school consultant for 30+ years. While dedicating his career to educating and treating the behavioral, emotional and social needs of children and adolescents, Knippenberg founded Colorado’s largest, solely owned private mental health practice specializing in child and adolescent neurobehavioral disorders. He also earned notoriety for creating the CONNECT Social Skills Group Program 38 years ago, which spans socialization groups targeted at helping children navigate the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence. CONNECT has helped thousands of children grow and mature.
Knippenberg has aided children and families through tragedies such as the Columbine shooting, the Aurora theatre shooting, additional school shootings, numerous tragic accidents and multiple teen suicides. He presents and keynotes to parent and professional groups and is a national lecturer on the topics of child/adolescent development as well as the needs of exceptional students.