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

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

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By (author) Peter Levine, By (author) Maggie Kline

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  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 2 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1556436998
  • ISBN 13: 9781556436994
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 44,009

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The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive and withdrawn children is staggering--and still growing!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

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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"Peter Levine and Maggie Kline have done an outstanding job of helping parents, and everyone else, to understand the different kinds of trauma children may face. I have done a lot of work in therapy around my own traumatic childhood event and was able to try out many of the easy-to-follow exercises they provide. I truly felt a relief and peacefulness that I had never felt before. I treasure this book and hope you will too.""--"Violet Oaklander, PhD, author of "Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Children and Adolescents "and" Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child's Inner Self""If you've ever wondered how to help children navigate the rough and tumble vicissitudes of life, this book is a godsend.""--"Sandra Blakeslee, co-author of "The Body Has a Mind of Its Own" "This book is a must for every parent, teacher, coach and scout leader. It helps us to understand the stages of childhood development and supports parents in dealing with each stage more appropriately and sensitively. It is a pioneering work, a pioneering insight and a pioneering triumph. It is visionary common sense, pure and simple.""--"From the foreword by Mira Rothenberg""Trauma-Proofing Your Kids "is an important tool to help parents and "all "adults deal with children that have experienced trauma. Understanding that trauma is a part of life should signal all of us to prepare ourselves for the inevitable.""--"Ron Scruggs, athletic coach, parent and grandparent

Table of contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments Foreword by Mira Rothenberg CHAPTER I Trauma Is a Fact of Life Real-Life Examples of Children We Have Known Trauma Is Not Only in the Event The Recipe for Trauma The Recipe for Resilience CHAPTER II Building Resilience by Building Sensory Skills through Practice, Practice and More Practice Giving Appropriate Support to an Overwhelmed Child Simple Steps to Build Resilience Developing a Calming Presence Getting Acquainted with Your Own Sensations Exercise: Noticing Sensations Exercise: Exploring Sensations and the Rhythm of Pendulation Exercise: Tracking Sensations with a Partner Exercise: Making a Sensation Treasure Chest First Aid for Trauma Prevention: A Step-by-Step Guide CHAPTER III Tricks of the Trade: Restoring Resilience through Play, Art and Rhymes The Story of Sammy Four Principles to Guide Children’s Play Toward Resolution More Help for Kids through “Make-Believe” Play Art Activities: Clay, Play Dough, Painting and Drawing Nature and Animal Rhymes Combined with Drawings That Build Resources CHAPTER IV Remedies for Specific Situations: Amusement Park Rides to Zebra Bites First Aid for Accidents and Falls The Purpose of Touch When Helping a Child in Shock The Power of Language to Soothe and Heal Exercise: Experiencing the Power of Words More Animal Rhymes to Help Your Child Regain Self-Confidence A Guide to Constructing a Healing Story Prevention of Medical Trauma What Parents Can Do to Prepare Children for Surgery or Other Medical Procedures When the Medical Procedure Is an Emergency Elective Surgeries Sensitivity to Your Child’s Pain A Timely Word about Bullies and School Shootings CHAPTER V Ages & Stages: Building Confidence by Fostering Healthy Development Responding to Your Infant: Issues of Safety and Trust Your Toddler’s Needs: “Me Do It Myself” “Tug of War” with Your Three- to Four-Year-Old Your Flirtatious Four- to Six-Year-Old Boy or Girl Adolescent Development: Who Am I? CHAPTER VI Sexual Violation: Reducing the Risk and Early Detection Sexual Trauma Symptoms Reducing the Risk of Sexual Wounds What Is Sexual Violation? Steps Caregivers Can Take to Decrease Children’s Susceptibility Games for Kids to Practice Making Boundaries Why Most Children Don’t Tell: Making It Safe for Them to Tell You Date Rape and Other Teen Issues CHAPTER VII Separation, Divorce and Death: Helping Your Child Move through the Grieving Process Symptoms of Grief versus Symptoms of Trauma Two Views of Divorce: Rosy or Dark? Surviving Divorce: A Guide to Preserving Your Child’s Wholeness Helping Your Child Grieve Dealing with the Death of a Pet Steps That Help Children Resolve Their Grief Exercise: Grief Recovery CHAPTER VIII Guerrilla Warfare in Our Neighborhoods: The Real Battle to Protect Kids from Terror Models for Change in Hospitals and Medical Centers A Peek at a Model Family-Centered Children’s Hospital Community Crisis Intervention A New Model for Crisis Debriefing at School Notes Bibliography Additional Resources About the Authors Foundation for Human Enrichment