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The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering—and still growing!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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Great book. I've gives copies to dozens of people - parents, grandparents, teachers, nurses, docs, firefighters, dentists, etc. Medical procedures can be scary for kids, but there are some very easy ways to prepare kids. We used these ideas with an 11-month-old before surgery, and the medical staff said that he was incredibly easy-going while waking up from surgery. Usually kids are at least fussy, and sometimes totally freaked out.
Example: Anesthesia feels dizzy, so get kids used to that experience by spinning. For this baby, I cradled him and supported his head, and spun myself in a circle. Kids who are old enough to follow directions can spin themselves.
Example 2: Medical masks can be scary. In advance of medical procedures, include masks in the toy bin. Put them on the teddy bear, and then on the kid, and then on the adult. Consider waking the child from naps with the mask on sometimes, as that will be similar to surgery. This is good prep for dental visits too.
 

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About the author (2008)

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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