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Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma

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What does a harmed child look like? It’s the little girl on the playground who has mysterious bruises on her legs. It’s the three-month-old baby boy who arches his back when you try to hold him. It’s the four-year-old who bites and hits when asked to clean up. These are the faces of traumatized children.

As an early childhood professional, you play a key role in the early identification of maltreatment and unhealthy patterns of development. You are also the gateway to healing. In Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma, you will find the tools and strategies to connect with harmed children and start them on the path to healing.

Dr. Sorrels offers practical strategies that caregivers need to help these littlest victims.

  • Connecting with a harmed child using games, music, gentle touch, and play
  • Meeting children’s sensory needs throughout the day: morning arrival, group time, meal times, outdoor play, and naptime
  • Creating a sensory-rich classroom environment with easy, simple ideas
  • Teaching a traumatized child self-regulation skills and impulse control using visual cues, rehearsal and role play, games, and scripted stories
  • Coaching and supporting social skills: turn taking, sharing, joining in play, empathy, and conflict resolution
  • Communicating unconditional love and acceptance to children from hard places
Barbara Sorrels, EdD

Barbara Sorrels, EdD, is executive director of The Institute for Childhood Education in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a professional-development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children. She has...

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Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma has won the Academic's Choice Smart Book Awards (2016).

“As an educator for nearly 20 years, I've observed behaviours like many mentioned this extraordinary book but could never really put the finger on them. I intend to spend many more hours digging into Dr. Sorrels book to deepen my analytical skills within the context of early childhood development and human development in general.”

Academic's Choice Awards

“Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma is essential for any early childhood educator. This book aims to inform the reader on how to identify specific behaviour patterns of development that may be unhealthy for the child. Chapters cover topics such as stress response and fear based behavior, the effect of trauma on relationships, self-regulation, social skills, sensory processing and the developmental process of learning. Dr. Barabara Sorrels then offers a way in which to approach teaching a child that demonstrates one or more of these behaviours. She offers insight into the play-based curriculum, drama, art, science and math in the classroom.”

Academic's Choice Awards