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Deployment: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families [Paperback]

Karen Petty PhD
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June 1, 2009 1933653744 978-1933653747

Children with parents in the military face unfamiliar and complicated emotions. This comprehensive handbook is for civilians and military personnel who work with or care for children who experience separation through deployment, death, or divorce. Written by an internationally known, hands-on trainer and presenter in the field, this book contains theory-based, practice-driven strategies for handling separation and helping young through elementary-age children move forward and live full lives.


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About the Author

An associate professor and component chair at Texas Woman's University, Karen Petty, PhD, has over 20 years of experience teaching young children and conducting workshops. She has been a consultant, curriculum writer, and trainer for staff who work with kids on U.S. military bases; she is published in many journals and served as editor for Texas AEYC's journal.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933653744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933653747
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Petty, PhD, is a Professor in early child development and education at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She has over twenty years of experience teaching and caring for young children and conducting trainings and workshops in early childhood. She has been a consultant, curriculum writer, and trainer for staff who work with kids on U.S. military bases, has many publications in peer-reviewed journals, and served as editor of Early Years, the journal for Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Karen received her PhD in curriculum and instruction with emphases in early childhood and child development from Texas A&M University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This comprehensive, yet easy to read, book is an excellent resource for anyone who works with or loves a child(ren) in a military family. The author's goal "to provide a voice for these children" is accomplished. Readers will learn what reactions [to deployment] to expect from children of various age levels and strategies for best responding to their needs. How to provide quality programs/opportunities that incorporate music, literacy, movement, and address multiple intelligences is useful information. An important section on play shows how to create an effective play environment, how feelings are expressed through play, how to respond to disrupted and/or violent play and how to help children understand their feelings.

Practical ideas for developing effective partnerships with families, addressing special issues (the deployment of both parents, single parents, and re-deployment) are included. And creative ideas for helping children stay connected with their deployed family member are shared. Many resources are woven throughout the book: websites, organizations, adult and children book lists, and a glossary of common military terms (for those of us who are illiterate to military lingo).

This book is a valuable resource for me and I highly recommend it to educators, child care workers, counselors, families, health care providers, and others serving military children.
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As a military wife for over twelve years, Family Readiness,(Support), Group Leader, a Mom of a five and a half year old daugher, and a Teacher; I feel that this is one of the best books out there.
It not only covered just about everything that I can possibly think of for helping our daughter through her second deployment, (third for me), it was "light", interesting, and gave so much "light at the end of the tunnel" kind of feeling. I also teach in a pre-school, which has some military children attending. There are tips for teachers, so we can better work with these wonderful and strong, military children. I can also provide so much useful information to our child's Teacher, as well. So many educators are in the dark when it comes to what emotions a military child experiences.
The book covers ideas from how to stay in touch, to what is really going on in a baby's, toddler's, child's and older child's, (teen's), head while their mom or dad is deployed. This is one of the toughest times that any child can experience, but I found this book to be a tremendous, and wonderful "bible" for us military families. I've learned so much from this book - Total Thumbs up!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! November 26, 2013
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Great advice for deployments. We are about to experience our first deployment so I wanted some background for my 5 and 3 year old. This book has been a great resource for us.
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