The Whole- Brain Child Virtual Book Club

Free Virtual Book Club- Michelle Aziz Counselling

Are you a parent, caregiver or involved grandparent who would like to learn more about positive parenting techniques from a clinical perspective? This free virtual book club is therapist led and peer supported as we navigate the chapters and strategies together.

What is it?

A free virtual book club to review together the concepts and strategies with real examples from group members.

Who is it for?

Anyone wanting to learn more from a clinical perspective to nurture child development.


This is a free book club that is therapist led/facilitated. The only cost would be the purchase of the book. Spaces are limited and available to those registering before June 01st until all spots are filled.

Registration and Dates:

If you would like to register or inquire about this book club, please connect with our Community Outreach Manager, Rachel Van Dasselaar at : [email protected] to complete the registration process.
This book club will begin at the end of June, once a week in the evenings.

Book Description:

Daniel Siegals website explains the book as follows:

“Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No-it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem-and feel-so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including

  • Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.
  • Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.
  • Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state.
  • Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.
  • SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.
  • Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.”


Article written by Michelle Aziz SSW BSW MSW, RSW Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Clinical Director at Michelle Aziz Counselling