Helping Children Cope… is a multi-part article, divided into the following segments. You can read it online by selecting links below (read them in order for best results), or download a free PDF of the complete, 20-page article to read offline, print, and distribute.
What do we mean by abuse, neglect and trauma?
Children experience trauma with the brain they have at the time
Brain development diagram
Making space for the child’s experience
The mysterious stone story
Some space-making guidelines
How perfect do I have to be?
How much time does it take?
Calm yourself, calm your child
How to calm down at any age
Vagus nerve diagram
Use your body to calm your brain
Ways children experience abuse, neglect and trauma
What can a parent or caregiver do to help a child in distress?
Helpful tips and techniques for preventing trauma from Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D
How to help a traumatized child
How can I tell if my child has been traumatized?
The “Ordinary Magic” Remedy for Abuse, Neglect and Trauma in Childhood
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