Books by Dr. Denny Coates


How Your Teen Can Grow a Smarter Brain

This book explains how a teen can consciously and deliberately establish permanent brain circuits for executive functioning and critical thinking skills. You will learn about:

  •  The amazing power of the prefrontal cortex (PFC)
  •   How to develop the PFC
  •   Why this basic development has to happen during the teen years
  •   How to stimulate your teen to develop thinking skills
  •   How to help your teen protect the growing PFC
  •   School courses, extracurricular activities, and games that help grow a smarter brain


Conversations with the Wise Aunt

This book for young girls features several upbeat, engaging stories about conversations between Trisha and her aunt Maria, to help parents guide their daughters during adolescence. Use it to prepare for talks with your young daughter or give the book to her to supplement the discussions.


 Conversations with the Wise Uncle


This book for young boys shares rich “heads-up” talks that can give your son a significant edge as he prepares for adult life. The stories are about conversations between Chris and his uncle Ray, who mentors him during adolescence. Use it to prepare for talks with your young son or give him the book to supplement the discussions.


The Sacred Purpose

Kids can get a lot from participating in youth sports: having fun, making friendships and reinforcing social skills, learning the rules and skills of the game, strengthening physical fitness, and building character strength. Unfortunately, many coaches believe the supreme goal is winning. Written for youth sports administrators and coaches, this brief book makes a case for youth development as the higher purpose.