The Right Touch: Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sex Abuse (Jody Bergsma Collection) Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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From the Author
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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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.Read more ›
* 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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Fab book for discussing, what can be, a very difficult subject matter. My daughter asked lots of questions and the story made it easy to discuss touch in a positive... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very useful book. Clear and easy to understand for the children. English is not our mothertongue, so I had to translate it while reading it to my daughter... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Val
I am Very happy with the content of this book. It's easy to read both for an adult and a child.Published on 24 Feb. 2014 by Jaybee