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

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The bad news is that trauma is a fact of life. The good news is that so is resilience. Simply stated, resilience is the capacity we all possess to rebound from stress and feelings of fear, helplessness and overwhelm. The analogy sometimes given for resilience is that of a metal spring, such as a “Slinky.” If you pull it apart, the coil naturally rebounds to its original size and shape. Of course, if you stretch this spring too many times (or exert too much force), it will eventually lose its elasticity.People (especially young people), however, need not lose their resilience through wear and tear. On the contrary, we have the capacity to actually build and increase our resilience as we encounter the stresses and strains of life. Resilient children tend to be courageous. This doesnt mean that they are attracted to dangerous situations, but rather that they are open and curious as they explore their world with gusto and exuberance. And, in their explorations, they inevitably have their share of rumbles and tumbles, collisions and conflicts.When resilient kids meet these forces of nature, they are open rather than shut down. Openness, indeed, is the characteristic that most typifies resilient kids. They are open to other children and enjoy sharing with them. At the same time, they are able to set boundaries of their own personal space and their possessions. They are in touch with their feelings, expressing and communicating them in age-appropriate ways. And, most of all, when bad things happen, they have a wondrous capacity (when supported) to breeze through them. They are the happy, lively children we wish we were. Their biggest challenges occur from events that could be potentially traumatic. Lets delve into what types of lifes circumstances might cause such overwhelming reactions in our kids.Trauma can result from events that are clearly extraordinary such as violence and molestation, but it can also result from everyday “ordinary” events. In fact, common occurrences such as accidents, falls, medical procedures and divorce can cause children to withdraw, lose confidence, or develop anxiety and phobias. Traumatized children may also display behavioral problems including aggression, hyperactivity and, as they grow older, addictions of various sorts. The good news is that with the guidance of attuned parents and other caregivers who are willing to learn the necessary skills, children at risk can be identified and spared from being scarred for life, regardless of how devastating the events might be or seem.Parents are, at times, conflicted between protecting their children and permitting them to take the risks that build confidence and competence. Its a tricky balancing act because as they master their world, children can also be traumatized when the unexpected inevitably happens. As much as you may try to “child-proof” your home, ultimately children—driven by their curiosity—will explore and get hurt. That is how they learn and they will have their share of falls, burns, electrical shocks, animal bites and other encounters with the non-forgiving forces of nature. No matter how hard we try, we cannot close our children off in an impenetrable (and inescapable) bubble of safety.Our children are frequently exposed to potentially traumatic events. But parents need not despair. It is possible to minimize the effects of the “ordinary” situations mentioned above, as well as those from extraordinary events such as natural and man-made disasters, including violence, war, terrorism and molestation. Are we being ridiculous by proposing that adults can “traumaproof” kids? We dont believe so. Remember, although pain cant be avoided . . . trauma is a fact of life . . . but so is resilience, the capacity to spring back.In this book you will learn practical tools to maximize your childs resilience so that their equilibrium can be restored when they are stressed to their breaking point. Armed with this “recipe for resilience,” parents and other responsible adults can help to trauma-proof their kids while also generally increasing their tolerance to everyday stress. In this way they can truly become stronger, more caring, joyful and compassionate human beings. The word “trauma” pops up in the headlines of magazines and newspapers regularly. Popular TV shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show bring understanding to millions of viewers regarding traumas gripping effect on body and soul. Traumas devastating impact on childrens emotional and physical well-being, mental development and behavior is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Since September 11, 2001, there has been an information blitz on how to cope with catastrophe.Despite this focus, however, precious little has been written regarding the common causes or the prevention and the non-drug treatment of trauma. Focus instead has been on the diagnosis and the medication of its various symptoms. “Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering.” (1) Fortunately, you—the parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents who nurture and protect children—are in a position to prevent, or at least mitigate, the damaging effects of trauma. In order to do the most good for the children in your care, first you need to recognize the roots of trauma. Next, we take a closer look at trauma—its myths and realities. In this way you will understand what may cause a child to remain overwhelmed even though the actual danger has passed.This book will teach you how to help children notice and move through painful sensations and feelings without undue distress...1. Peter A. Levine, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1997).

Synopsis:

Most books on trauma in children address therapists or medical professionals, emphasizing drug treatments and leaving parents out in the cold. This book, aimed not only at biological, foster, and adoptive parents but also other adult relatives and daycare workers, shows how to nip trauma in the bud by offering preventative emotional first aid at the earliest signs. Using vivid case-study examples, Trauma-Proofing Your Kids explains how trauma can result not only from catastrophic events but also from more prosaic occurrences such as sports injury and separation. The authors offer step-by-step guidance on preventing long-term symptoms like anxiety and depression. These measures are taught in simple language and as experiential stress-busting exercises that can be practiced. Helping children deal with life's mishaps when they occur encourages a resilience that can serve as a sort of stress inoculation throughout their lives. The book also addresses the core issue of trauma's effect on the body and what it takes to return the nervous system to equilibrium and balance. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids simplifies a complex subject to let those in the first line of defense foster hardy, compassionate, self-reliant children.

About the Author

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 Childrens 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 Childs 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 Toddlers 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 Childrens Susceptibility

Games for Kids to Practice Making Boundaries

Why Most Children Dont 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 Childs 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 Childrens Hospital

Community Crisis Intervention

A New Model for Crisis Debriefing at School

Notes

Bibliography

Additional Resources

About the Authors

Foundation for Human Enrichment

Table of Contents

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556436994
Author:
Levine, Peter A., Ph.d.
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Author:
Kline, Maggie
Author:
Levine, Peter A. PhD
Author:
Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
Author:
Levine, Peter A.
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Psychic trauma in children
Subject:
Resilience (Personality trait) in children.
Subject:
Pediatrics
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Post-traumatic stress disorder in children.
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Parenting
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
COLOR ILLUS.
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.02x6.00x.70 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Most books on trauma in children address therapists or medical professionals, emphasizing drug treatments and leaving parents out in the cold. This book, aimed not only at biological, foster, and adoptive parents but also other adult relatives and daycare workers, shows how to nip trauma in the bud by offering preventative emotional first aid at the earliest signs. Using vivid case-study examples, Trauma-Proofing Your Kids explains how trauma can result not only from catastrophic events but also from more prosaic occurrences such as sports injury and separation. The authors offer step-by-step guidance on preventing long-term symptoms like anxiety and depression. These measures are taught in simple language and as experiential stress-busting exercises that can be practiced. Helping children deal with life's mishaps when they occur encourages a resilience that can serve as a sort of stress inoculation throughout their lives. The book also addresses the core issue of trauma's effect on the body and what it takes to return the nervous system to equilibrium and balance. Trauma-Proofing Your Kids simplifies a complex subject to let those in the first line of defense foster hardy, compassionate, self-reliant children.
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