Leading clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller says that children are born bright and curious – with a greater capacity and inner genius than we realise. Every child has an innate sense of inquisitiveness, creativity and lateral thinking that form the basis of genius.
In this book Andrew Fuller shows that by encouraging their child’s own natural curiosity, parents can help develop the skills and experiences that allow genius to emerge. He encourages parents to recognise the qualities in their child that predict genius – creativity, motivation, determination, imagination and the willingness to keep going despite making mistakes. In this way parents can be their child’s most important teacher.
Covering the age range of 2 to 18, Andrew Fuller draws upon the latest research and his own extensive work with thousands of children in private practice to show parents how to help their child build these essential foundation skills.
‘I have experienced this fabulous work with Andrew and thousands of our children – you too can live it with him and your child through these wonderfully informed pages.’
- Paul Wood, Assistant Regional Director, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment
‘A marvellous resource for parents to help their children to think, to be curious, to learn to practice and to enjoy the art of learning … No the answer is NOT homework, more after school tutoring, blaming the school. Yes the answer is thinking, talking and listening, and delightfully making mistakes together …. Andrew Fuller has created a winner.’
- John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne
‘Unlocking Your Child’s Genius charts the way forward for parents … Andrew suggests here a “letting go of the reins”, promoting the joy of change and exploration and the thrill of the new, of freedom of expression and of unlocking genius. Be bold as parents. Change is a constant in the life of your child and those children who embrace change will thrive and be free to play creatively. By accepting this proactively as parents you will unlock your child’s genius.’
- John Hendry, Geelong Grammar School, Victoria
Andrew Fuller works with many communities and schools in Australia and overseas. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has acted as the scientific consultant for ABC TV on the science of teenage brains, is the principal consultant for the national drug prevention strategy REDI, an Ambassador for Mind Matters, a Member of the National Coalition Against Bullying, and is the Co-Director of Resilient Youth Australia. He is the author of numerous books, including Tricky Teens, Tricky Kids, Tricky People and Life: A guide.