Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience
The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering—and still growing!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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RealLife Examples of Children We Have Known
The Recipe for Trauma
Developing a Calming Presence 47
A StepbyStep Guide
More Help for Kids through MakeBelieve Play
Nature and Animal Rhymes Combined with Drawings
Tug of War with Your Three to FourYearOld 428
What Is Sexual Violation?
Games for Kids to Practice Making Boundaries 451
Helping Your Child
A Guide to Preserving Your Childs
Helping Your Child Grieve
Steps That Help Children Resolve Their Grief 484
The Purpose of Touch When Helping a Child in Shock
More Animal Rhymes to Help Your Child Regain
A Guide to Constructing 21 Healing Sto1y
What Parents Can Do to Prepare Children for Surgery
When the Medical Procedure Is an Emergency
A Timely Word about Bullies and School Shootings
A Peek at a Model FamilyCentered Childrens Hospital 497
Community Crisis Intervention 204
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