Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

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North Atlantic Books, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 235 pages
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The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering—and still growing! Millions have experienced bullying, violence (real or in the media), abuse or sexual molestation. Many other kids have been traumatized from more “ordinary” ordeals such as terrifying medical procedures, accidents, loss and divorce. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids sends a lifeline to parents who wonder how they can help their worried and troubled children now. It offers simple but powerful tools to keep children safe from danger and to help them “bounce back” after feeling scared and overwhelmed. No longer will kids have to be passive prey to predators or the innocent victims of life's circumstances.

In addition to arming parents with priceless protective strategies, best-selling authors Dr. Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline offer an antidote to trauma and a recipe for creating resilient kids no matter what misfortune has besieged them. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids is a treasure trove of simple-to-follow “stress-busting,” boundary-setting, sensory/motor-awareness activities that counteract trauma's effect on a child's body, mind and spirit. Including a chapter on how to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise during the various ages and stages of development, this ground-breaking book simplifies an often mystifying and complex subject, empowering parents to raise truly confident and joyful kids despite stressful and turbulent times.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
RealLife Examples of Children We Have Known
4
The Recipe for Trauma
11
Developing a Calming Presence 47
17
A StepbyStep Guide
31
CHAPTERIH
41
More Help for Kids through MakeBelieve Play
54
Nature and Animal Rhymes Combined with Drawings
64
Tug of War with Your Three to FourYearOld 428
128
CHAPTER VI
134
What Is Sexual Violation?
140
Games for Kids to Practice Making Boundaries 451
151
Helping Your Child
159
A Guide to Preserving Your Childs
165
Helping Your Child Grieve
176
Steps That Help Children Resolve Their Grief 484
184

The Purpose of Touch When Helping a Child in Shock
83
More Animal Rhymes to Help Your Child Regain
90
A Guide to Constructing 21 Healing Sto1y
99
What Parents Can Do to Prepare Children for Surgery
106
When the Medical Procedure Is an Emergency
114
A Timely Word about Bullies and School Shootings
122
CHAPTER Vlll
191
A Peek at a Model FamilyCentered Childrens Hospital 497
197
Community Crisis Intervention 204
204
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221
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Peter A. Levine, PhD, is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing” and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. A NASA consultant, he lives in Encinitas, CA. Maggie Kline, MFT, has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, family and child therapist, school psychologist, and parent. She lives in Long Beach, CA.

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