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Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing [Paperback]

Peter Levine
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Book Description

30 Sep 2006
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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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; annotated edition edition (30 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436307
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 16 Jun 2012
By Kay
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This is a good book. In particular, I like the first few chapters that introduce trauma and children. I think it explains things well and is really useful for an introduction to this area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Book-Trauma Through a Child's Eyes 16 Jan 2007
By Margaret Halstead - Published on
Trauma Through a Child's Eyes does what it says it will do. It awakens "the ordinary miracle of healing." As a therapist, I have read countless theory and/or practice books. I have found myself either drowning in theory or bored by an author's list of do's and don't's. This book is refreshingly different. It is wisdom writ large.

As I read, I am drawn into a place of understanding:

-the body's natural tendency to protect itself

-a child's extraordinary ability to react to, renegotiate, and heal from traumatic events

-the responsibility we all have to respond intelligently and effectively to the trauma so prevalent in our world.

As I read, I am drawn into a place of hope:

-that we all have access to resilience

-that our children can thrive

-that there is a way to help that does "no harm.'

I highly recommend this book for professionals, parents, anyone interested in the "miracle of healing." It is intelligently and compassionately written by two extraordinary professionals who are clearly more interested in healing trauma than in their own renown. I have recommended Trauma Through a Child's Eyes to clients, colleagues, friends and family and I recommend it unequivocally to you!
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible resource for parents, therapists, and former children... 10 Jun 2007
By SWood - Published on
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This book is a remarkable resource of information for anyone who has any experience or contact with children. It is not a heady read. Completely and utterly accessible to those who have no formal training in psychology (yet still riveting for those who do), it has many step-by-step guides (creative, physical, and emotional) for dealing with and assisting children through a myriad of life's trials and traumas, including random falls and accidents, loss of a pet, abuse, death, & bullying to name a few. This book also offers numerous skill-building guides to help a child develop their senses, mindfulness, awareness and boundaries, and several basic cases are presented of children they have come in contact with over the years with various presenting problems. Terribly informative, moving, healing, thought provoking and profoundly educational, this book will be one you'll recommend again and again. Not said tongue in cheek, if you were ever a child, you need to read this book.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for anyone who works with children and their parents 3 July 2007
By Annie M. - Published on
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This book offers clear explanations to the nature of trauma and how it affects the body--and subsequently, the emotions and perceptions and behavior--and how to prevent an overwhelming event from BECOMING traumatic for the long term. It is filled with doable and clear exercises, and helps demystify the concept of what trauma is, why things are traumatic, how to prevent trauma, the incidious way that traumatic events can impact later sensations and perceptions, and how to help heal those. A book by a leading figure in the field of trauma and the body, Peter Levine is a master.
Wonderfully clarifying for anyone who works with children--be it traumatized children or children who are exposed to 'normal' occasional overwhelming events such as falling of a bike--and to anyone who works with parents of children.
Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trauma Through a Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing 4 Dec 2007
By Diane J. Tinkham - Published on
This is a fabulous book with excellent insight into the impact of trauma on the body. The authors offer a succint and easy read filled with information describing the dynamics of fight, flight or freeze that accompany every trauma. I gained not only helpful insight for working with children but insight into my own "freezes". Wonderfully helpful and a must-read for any parent or all adults working with children.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and Concise 8 Aug 2008
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As an educator this book was extremely valuable in many ways. One of these ways was that it gave me insight into a child's brain that has experienced trauma. This book also taught me how to recognize the signs of a child experiencing trauma and how to assist ALL my students to move past and become unstuck from everyday to severe traumas. This book should be a must for anyone teaching children. If I had one wish I would wish the school system would tone down performance based learning and get the core of why a child thinks and acts the way they do. This book is invaluable.
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