Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience Paperback – Mar 4 2008
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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For most children who grow up in healthy, peaceful environments, medical procedures are one of the greatest risks for trauma. This book includes a guide for how to prepare a child for a procedure, and what to request of doctors to help make the experience as gentle as possible.
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.
By "trauma-proofing" Levine and Kline don't mean preventing broken bones, but rather preventing problems and symptoms that can arise from the inevitable traumas of normal life--ER visits, dental care, separations, accidents, seeing someone else injured, etc. By reading this book, you will be able to help your child in dealing with these, and make them more resiliant in dealing with future traumas.
Traumatic experiences initiate body processes at a very primary level--in humans just as in animals. When these processes are interrupted, it can undermine health and psychological well-being. Fortunately,if you've read this book, you will know how to give yourself and your child the kind of psychological first aid that can allow these processes to complete normally, preventing future problems and increasing their resilience.
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