Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healingby Peter A. Levine, Maggie Kline
Pub. Date: 12/26/2006
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse, violence, or loss of loved ones, but from natural disasters and everyday incidents such as auto accidents, medical procedures,
An essential guide for recognizing, preventing, and healing childhood trauma, from infancy through adolescence—what parents, educators, and health professionals can do.
Trauma can result not only from catastrophic events such as abuse, violence, or loss of loved ones, but from natural disasters and everyday incidents such as auto accidents, medical procedures, divorce, or even falling off a bicycle. At the core of this book is the understanding of how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illnesses, addictions, hyperactivity, and aggression. Rich with case studies and hands-on activities, Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes gives insight into children’s innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support, and provides their caregivers with tools to overcome and prevent trauma.
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My son's psychologist recommended this book and it has helped me (his mother) to understand his view of the world, and help change his life so he is able to heal from past hurt. This book is easy to read and a must have for those who are trying to help their child heal from trauma.
If the subtitle of the book didn't include the word adolescent, I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3. The book is geared more toward children under the age of 12, perhaps even younger. The overarching principles still apply; however, the "healing" techniques seem to engender young children. The most disappointing aspect of the book is that it fails to address what may well be the most prominent form of trauma in the United States today: prolonged or repeated physical abuse by trusted adults. There are full chapters on falls and accidents; surgery and medical procedures; divorce, death and separation; and sexual molestation. Part I of the book repeatedly mentions physical abuse, especially prolonged or repeated abuse, but there isn't a chapter that addresses it. The authors implore parents to seek professional help in cases of either physical or sexual abuse. They include a chapter for sexual abuse but not for physical abuse. Even when professional help is sought, I feel it is imperative that parents have resources to help them be good adjuncts in the healing process. The chapter on sexual molestation is an excellent resource for such parents. Where is the chapter on physical abuse? This is a travesty to omit!