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Making It Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World

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Today’s children deal with stress, trauma, and violence. Oehlberg offers information about how these difficult times affect children physically and emotionally. More than 70 activities engage children in self-healing, empathy, and empowerment.

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Overview

Today’s children deal with stress, trauma, and violence. Oehlberg offers information about how these difficult times affect children physically and emotionally. More than 70 activities engage children in self-healing, empathy, and empowerment.

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Making It Better supports the tremendous need to help students living in today’s often traumatic world with overall social and academic achievement through the use of healing activities. Hands-on activities are provided that can be implemented by any school professional to assist students with focus, learning, and regulation.”
—Caelan Kuban, PsyD, LMSW, CTC-S, director of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Starr Global Learning Network, and coauthor of Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605541600
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 525,070
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Oehlberg completed a graduate program in child development at the University of Akron in 1981, after receiving a degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin and raising seven children. Since retirement in 1997, she has become a certified Child Trauma Consultant through The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children in Michigan and has presented to over two hundred agency and school staff development sessions.

As a family life specialist with Cleveland Public Schools, Barbara has seen firsthand how domestic violence, child abuse, and stress can affect children’s behaviors and learning abilities. Recognizing that children learn violence primarily within their families, she combined her peace activism with her profession and created a program for the Ohio governor’s office in 1983, titled “Parenting for Peaceful Families.” She has facilitated that program in Ohio’s schools, churches, and prisons.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Early Child Education

Part 1: Childhood Changed: Understanding Trauma

Chapter 1: Attachment and the Growing Brain
Chapter 2: Early Traumatic Stress
Chapter 3: Implementing the Trauma-Informed Classroom
Chapter 4: Trauma-Informed Discipline
Chapter 5: The Unique Grieving Process for Each Child
Chapter 6: Helping Children Build Resiliency

Part 2: Classroom Activities for Empowerment

Chapter 7: Healing Play
Chapter 8: Healing Arts
Chapter 9: Healing Language Arts

Appendix A: Making Referrals
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: Index of Activities by Issue
References
About the Author

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