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
Now in 15 languages.

Understand the different types of upsets and traumas your child may experience--and learn how to teach them how to be resilient, confident, and even joyful.

The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering--and still growing!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

RealLife Examples of Children We Have Known
4
The Recipe for Trauma
11
Developing a Calming Presence
17
A StepbyStep Guide
31
CHAPTER III
41
More Help for Kids through MakeBelieve Play
54
Nature and Animal Rhymes Combined with Drawings
64
CHAPTER iv
77
Tug of War with Your Three to FourYearOld
128
CHAPTER
135
Games for Kids to Practice Making Boundaries
151
CHAPTER
159
A Guide to Preserving Your Childs
165
Helping Your Child Grieve
176
Steps That Help Children Resolve Their Grief
184
CHAPTERVIII
191

The Purpose of Touch When Helping a Child in Shock
83
More Animal Rhymes to Help Your Child Regain
90
A Guide to Constructing a Healing Story
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
A Peek at a Model FamilyCentered Childrens Hospital
197
Community Crisis Intervention
204
A New Model for Crisis Debriefing at School
213
Notes
221
Additional Resources
229
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About the author (2008)

Peter Levine, Ph.D. is the originator and developer of Somatic Experiencing and the Director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment. He holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and Psychology. During his thirty year study of stress and trauma, Dr. Levine has contributed to a variety of scientific, medical, and popular publications. His book, Waking the Tiger- Healing Trauma is in its fifth printing and receiving wide international attention. Peter was a consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle, and has taught at hospitals and pain clinics in both Europe and the U.S., as well as at the Hopi Guidance Center in Arizona. He lives near Lyons, Colorado, on the banks of the St. Vrain River.

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