The Unmotivated Child offers parents, kids, and teachers fast answers and solid solutions.
A guide for parents of underachieving youngsters presents five methods for communicating constructively, seven strategies for overcoming the "homework trap," seven techniques for working with teachers, and guidelines for supporting the student through the change process. Natalie Rathvon solves the mystery of underachievement in children by looking beneath the child’s surface behavior. She discloses the beliefs that influence an underachiever’s attitude and actions and pinpoints the warning signs to watch out for in elementary, middle, and high school students.
Natalie Rathvon, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University. A former teacher, guidance director, special education coordinator, and counselor educator, she provides consultation and professional development to schools and agencies in the areas of assessment and accountability, reading, problem-solving teams, and school-based interventions. She has been a trainer for Reading First, trainer and peer reviewer for Early Reading First, and member of the US Department of Education technical workgroup reviewing Even Start state accountability systems. Dr. Rathvon is a member of the board of directors of SchoolTalk, Inc., a nonprofit corporation in the District of Columbia that develops models and provides training for dispute resolution and home-school collaboration in special education service delivery. She is the author of the first edition of Effective School Interventions: Strategies for Enhancing Academic Achievement and Social Competence and Early Reading Assessment: A Practitioner's Handbook.