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The Right Touch: Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sex Abuse (Jody Bergsma Collection) Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Illumination Arts, Incorporated (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935699104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935699104
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know this sensitive book will help many children --Barbara Bush - Former First Lady

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This book for parents is also a book for clinicians.
The Right Touch was written for parents, to offer both language and style appropriate for discussing this tough/sad subject with children. It is an effective tool, as demonstrated to us by reports from parents --- and from the many grandparents who buy the book 2 - 4 copies at a time. But The Right Touch is also a wonderful tool in therapy with children who have experienced sexual abuse. Young children are comforted by the emphasis on the fact that abuse is not a child's fault and that sometimes it's hard for children to "tell" when an adult has forced silence. I have found in my own therapeutic practice that older children and teens benefit from the content, too. I will introduce it as a children's book, acknowledging that it may seem "young" for them, but I stress the fact that the message of the story is an important one for them, too. The back cover is a reproduction of Jody Bergsma's famous poster "A Garden of Children." Here, about 40 little faces shine, each labelled with a feeling. Coming at the end of the story, this helps the children and teens I work with to sort out and identify their feelings. I appreciate all comments about our new book and especially value accounts of experiences with the book - both from family members and from therapists.

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The book is a wee bit bigger than 8 1/2 by 11, a very good size for reading to a child. It is gorgeously and warmly illustrated by Jody Bergsma, a woman of great talent and much understanding of the child's eye.
This is a book for helping to prevent child sexual abuse. Sandy is an expert in this problem, and has done much work to help put an end to it. In this book she has done a very great service to a (hopefully) much wider audience.
There is a "note to parents and teachers" at the beginning of the book, which discusses the question of child sexual abuse in a succinct, knowing, and helpful manner, better than I've ever seen it dealt with.
Then the story. I really like the way that Sandy has chosen to present this difficult topic. The book describes a conversation between a loving mother and her son Jimmy, in which she gently and carefully raises the topic of "touching problems" and goes on from there. This must be a godsend for parents who might have difficulty in starting a conversation about something so intimate. They can "break the ice" by reading this book to their child, and then perhaps repeat the conversation with their own child for real. The converstion between Jimmy and his mother covers just about everything that a small child needs to know, in a very subtle, gentle, and wise way. Like when intimate touching is OK (doctor, diaper changing, parental tending to hurts, etc.). Like how to say NO to somebody. Like how sexual touching is really not that much different from bullying and playing tricks: it's bad, it's not your fault, and grownups can help you stop it.
There is great wisdom in this book. I see it especially in what Sandy has chosen to leave out.
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The Right Touch is a beautiful, sensitive, and invaluable book about safety and boundaries. The story gives parents a loving and gentle way to encourage discussion of a difficult issue. By teaching children to trust their instincts, it will empower them to protect themselves from unwanted intrusion; and because the book reminds us that children do in fact have trustworthy instincts, it may help relieve a great deal of parental anxiety, as well.
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I found this book a great book to read to my 4 year old and my 6 year old they loved it and now without scaring them with stories of the bad man or the bad lady they understand that no-one is allowed to touch the in their private places without their permission and they know that it is good to tell mum dad or another trusted adult if it does happen and they wont get in trouble for doing so. If like me you don't know how to approach this subject with your kids get this book it will help so much,It's great.
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While sharing this book with several adult friends (male and female) Who had been victims of child sexual abuse. The main comment,"Where was a book like this when I was a child? As parents it is our responsibility to equipt our children with as much knowledge and awareness as we can. The Right Touch is the right book for all Loving Parents to share with there children
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Seems like a good book and a useful treatment of a tricky subject.

* Shame the publisher couldn't provide a UK version with UK spellings and vocabulary - shouldn't be that difficult??
* Why oh why is the phrase "Child Sex Abuse" plastered all over the cover?? You can imagine the first thing my six year old asked! The whole point is that it's meant to be a relatively subtle story about 'inappropriate actions' etc - and then there's this 'in your face' description on the cover!
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An excellent, pro-active tool to help families empower themselves regarding child molestation. The text is gentle and direct and the illustrations are flowing and visually soothing. This book has the right touch of intelligence, compassion and clarity that is needed to discuss this very serious topic.
I like the way Jimmy's mother has night time chats with her son; she uses this time for roundtable discussions on what constitutes a "good touch" or a "bad touch" and that anything involving force, lying and sadness are all indicators of "bad touches." One important point this book includes is that bad touches are NOT always done by strangers. This is truly one of the best books on the subject and one that will certainly make for a more safety-savvy environment.
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Dear moms and dads,

all of us want the best for our kids, and this book, is the best we can provide to our kids as a part of awareness. There is every kind of danger lurking in dark corners, but sexual abuse is one of the worst. The earlier we educate our children and make them aware of this nasty danger, the better. This book is the best gift for you, as the wonderful parent, and for your gorgeous children. Lets provide safety and protect innocence.

Subashini
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A very good book to explain 'the right touch' to a kids. Picture, story and simple text will get through children sometimes better than we keep telling them. I would recommend this book to every parents.
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