Supporting Young Children to Cope, Build Resilience, and Heal from Trauma through Play
A Practical Guide for Early Childhood Educators
- Available for pre-order on March 21, 2023. Item will ship after April 11, 2023
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Now more than ever, there is a need for early childhood professionals to comprehensively integrate trauma-sensitive practices into their work with children and families. This essential resource offers instructional strategies teachers can use daily to support their students dealing with trauma in early learning environments. Readers will learn to create opportunities for children to use their natural language—play—to reduce their stress, to cope with adversity, to build resilience and even to heal from trauma. Nicholson and Kurtz provide vignettes, case study examples, textboxes, photographs and descriptions of adapted therapeutic strategies ready for implementation in the classroom. Practical and comprehensive, this book is ideal for both prospective and veteran early childhood educators seeking to understand trauma informed practices when working with young children (birth-8) in a range of environments.
Table of Contents
1. Learning to Observe and Value the Stories Children Tell Us Through Play 2. Building Consistent, Attuned and Responsive Relationships with Young Children through Play 3. Arranging the Environment to Reduce Children’s Stress and Support Healing through Play 4. Play-Based Instructional Strategies that Support Children to Cope, Build Resilience and Heal from Toxic Stress and Trauma 5. Case Studies of the Power of Play to Support Children’s Stress Reduction, Resilience and Healing
Julie Nicholson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Practice, Associate Editor of Early Child Development and Care, author, international speaker/trainer and full-time MBA student concentrating in finance and data analytics.
Julie Kurtz, M.S. is an author, national speaker consulting and training on trauma and resilience. Julie is the Founder and CEO for the Center for Optimal Brain Integration®.