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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Verbal First Aid(tm) is far more than a parenting guide. It is a profound prescription for nurturing our children and evolving civilization to the healthiest level possible!"
-Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, cell biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles and Spontaneous Evolution

About the Author

Judith Simon Prager, PhD, CHT is a teacher, writer, practitioner, with a PhD in psychology, specializing in trauma release. She has trained doctors, nurses, firefighters, and other first responders across the United States, in England, and in China in using Verbal First Aid(tm) for adults and children.

Judith A. Acosta, LISW, CHT, is a licensed psychotherapist, classical homeopath, hypnotherapist, and crisis counselor in private practice. She specializes in working with law enforcement and first response personnel, school-age children, and adolescents and their families. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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So, if you feel panic, he will feel panic.
Stellar Caterpillar
This book teaches you to respond in ways that not only promote healing but also help to make your children stronger.
Miata Edoga
It is such an amazing guide for how to speak to your child during any number of stressful situations.
G. Yuro

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miata Edoga on June 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that on the whole I am someone who avoids parenting manuals. I just feel like there is so much conflicting information that I could drive myself absolutely crazy instead of following my instincts. But lately I've experienced some of those sleepless nights - lying awake worrying that I said the wrong thing to one of my children after a nightmare, a fall or any other stressful situation. As an adult, it is easy to forget and therefore dismiss how traumatic these things can be when you're small. I am so grateful to have come across this book. I feel it has given me the confidence that comes with knowing I have the tools to handle the inevitable hardships all children face. This book teaches you to respond in ways that not only promote healing but also help to make your children stronger. I believe it is such an important read for all parents!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A Springer on June 26, 2010
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Thirty years of parenting and pediatric practice could not have been more beautifully stated than in Verbal First Aide. All those times you know you said the wrong thing could have been avoided had the straight-forward, easily learned techniques described by Prager and Costa been practiced. A must read for every parent, health provider, or curious "child". Love, attention., and compassion will certain make our worlds better places.

David Springer, MD MPH
Seattle, Washington
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah McCurdy on August 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
As parents, we would like to create a perfect world for our children filled with good health, beauty, peace and lots of fun! But, life happens and our perfect world is shattered. What then? How we cope determines if an event is perceived as a part of life or a catastrophe. This book is a must for parents and health care workers. It helps to guide their responses to the events in life that are unavoidable. Through the proven techniques of Verbal First Aid and positive reinforcement, a seemingly tragic event can be turned into an experience that is understood and accepted... thus leading to healing in a real and immediate way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stellar Caterpillar on June 29, 2011
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Part of growing up and learning to move inevitably involves falling down. Unfortunately, sometimes this includes gaining a cut or breaking a bone. Traumas such as physical injuries and emotional distress exist in baby's life from birth on. Verbal First Aid teaches parents how to attend to one's baby or child in the way that minimizes the fear and distress of the trauma experience and promotes quick healing. It is about what we say and how we say it.

Much of the book is devoted to toddler and early childhood traumas such as falling off a bike, fear of spiders, nightmares, getting stitches, and asthma attacks. The few pages that focus on infancy are extremely important and every mother should read them. They clearly teach that what you feel in your nervous system the baby will feel in theirs. Words, even when not understood by the baby, convey emotion. So, if you feel panic, he will feel panic. If you feel alarm, he will feel alarm. If you feel calm and centered, he will feel calm too.

Techniques for responding to distress are covered in detail. The multitude of stories presented assist parents in understanding how to apply these techniques immediately and creatively! I run an on-line guide for parents about how babies master their motor milestones, and I recommend this book to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dr magic on March 2, 2011
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This book taps the potential of all of us to help children deal with stressful or painful issues. I feel about it, however, that, just as with other helpful books, it could have been half as long - giving advice for specific situations just pads the book.
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By G. Yuro on June 16, 2010
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Okay, as a Mom I've always been keenly aware that sometimes I say the right thing to my daughter and sometimes I say the very wrong thing. I love this book! It is such an amazing guide for how to speak to your child during any number of stressful situations. This has always been the missing piece for me and no one teaches you how to speak to your child in a way that will really serve them in the short term and in the long term. This book really is a must read!
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By brian johnson on September 16, 2013
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The topic tells it all that in the first moments of upset it matters what is focused upon. For example in a cut lip that it is only a piecde of a bigger body, that it will heal. The whole thing is putting this upset into a large, bigger, expanded frame.
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