This book is an essential guide for parents, teachers, health professionals, therapists and anyone working or caring for children. Levine and Kline provide valuable information and tools to help recognise, prevent and heal childhood trauma from infancy to adolescence.
Trauma can result from devastating events such as abuse (physical, mental or sexual), violence and loss of a parent or close relative. Medical procedures and operations, divorce and separation, or the aftermath of simple everyday incidents such as falling off a bike or breaking granny’s best china vase can also result in a child feeling emotionally overwhelmed and traumatised.
Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes offers an understanding of how trauma is embedded in the nervous system and not the event itself. Levine and Kline explain succinctly how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain and spirit, resulting in anxiety, nightmares, depression, physical illness, addictions, hyperactivity and aggression.
It explores the signs and symptoms of trauma in children from infants to adolescents and how to recognise them. It explains what to do when the source of trauma remains a mystery or there’s a delayed traumatic reaction. It provides an understanding of how trauma affects a child when symptoms persist and why some children have trauma symptoms and others don’t.
This book offers a general guide for preventing childhood trauma and insights into children’s innate ability to rebound with the appropriate support.
Peter A Levine has a background in medical biophysics, stress and psychology. He has over 45 years experience in working with stress and trauma and developed the Somatic Experiencing (SE) trauma therapy.
Maggie Kline is a retired school psychologist with over 30 years experience in working as a family, couples and child therapist. She works closely with Peter Levine using Somatic Experiencing (SE) trauma therapy.