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PreS-Gr 3–PTSD results from scary events in the past and can make parents difficult to deal with. It's not a child's fault and children can't fix it, but they can share their feelings. For parents and caregivers, this interactive picture book is designed to use in conjunction with a series of conversations.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Beth Andrews is a licensed clinical social worker, program supervisor for a community mental health center in Colorado, and college instructor. She is the author of two other self-help books for children -- Why Are You So Sad? A Child's Book About Parental Depression and I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book About Deployment.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433810441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433810442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna on April 28, 2013
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I have purchased many copies of this book as i believe it is very good. I have donated them to many schools around military bases. It covers PTSD from all sources not just military.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on April 20, 2013
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This is a small but intersting book to represent to children the issues associated with PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects Warriors in different ways therefore to give kids ideas of how to approach a sleeping warrior I believe is very important as they usually startle very easily and a child may be frightened.

This book would not be understood by any child under the age of 7 or 8, however it gets the conversation going for the benefit of the entire family.
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Beth Andrews wrote her book to help the children of those dealing with PTSD. It offers a definition that even a very young child will understand, breaking down the condition into parts so that the parent can choose what to share and what not to share. Beth uses simple, easy to understand language in her explanations and suggestions. She offers reassurance that the child is not to blame and suggestions that can help the child reach out to their parent without putting undue stress on the child to do so. There are several opportunities within the book for interaction between with the information in the form of suggested drawings and conversation starters.

I liked Beth Andrews book. She writes to the general PTSD population, military and civilian alike. It is directed to fairly young children but that makes it appealing since the youngest children living with PTSD may need the most help understanding it. She reassures her reader that they are not at fault, their parents still love them and there is help available. She briefly discusses why someone gets PTSD and suggest​s that the child ask but quickly reminds them that their parent may not be able to talk about it. I personally loved the interactive pages where the child being read to was directed to draw a picture and help them connect their feelings through art. Above all, she reminds the child that their parent loves them and the PTSD they are dealing with in no way reflects their feelings about their children, a very important reminder indeed.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who is dealing with PTSD and has a young child.
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By Regina Sinclair on June 10, 2015
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Excellent tool for helping a child understand.
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