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Why Are You So Scared?: A Child's Book About Parents With PTSD Paperback – August 15, 2011
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From School Library Journal
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.
Top customer reviews
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 suggests 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.
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.