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Outside My Window: Understanding Children and the Stress Trauma Response Model

Outside My Window: Understanding Children and the Stress Trauma Response Model

This is a book for distressed children, and for their parents, caregivers, therapists and teachers. It explains the stress/trauma response model in a way that everyone can understand.

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ISBN 9780473482688
Published 1 January 2019
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Scott, Vicky
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ISBN-13 9780473482688
ISBN-10 0473482681
Stock Available
Status Showing available from publisher, allow 2-4 weeks for delivery
Publisher unlisted
Imprint LifeCo Books
Publication Date 1 January 2019
International Publication Date 24 July 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Scott, Vicky
Category Personal Awareness: Safety Matters
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 1
Dimensions Width: 270mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 1007960

Description of this Book

Children who have adverse life experiences are often judged by their behaviour or may be labelled with diagnoses. They are often in survival mode because of their traumatic experiences. Outside My Window helps readers to understand what happens in survival mode, or as one little person said, `I am not bad ... just sad and mad'. The purpose of this book is to teach young children primarily aged 5-12, their carers, teachers and therapists about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on their feelings, body, behaviour and thoughts about themselves. Vicky's practice is based on the premise that `we do the best we can with the tools we have at the time'. Children (and later adults) who are dealing with family violence in all its forms, and/or neglect, do not have the skills and resources to cope with such experiences. Survival mode is the natural strategy, and it may continue to be used well into adult life. Outside My Window is based on the `Window Of Tolerance' (WOT) model of autonomic arousal, which was first put forward by Dr Daniel Siegel in 1999. In this stress/trauma response model, he proposed that between the extremes of sympathetic hyperarousal and para-sympathetic hypoarousal is a `window' or range of optimal arousal states in which emotions can be experienced as tolerable and are therefore able to be integrated. Educating parents, teachers, caregivers, and those who work with children, youth and traumatised adults about the stress model allows for therapeutic, compassionate and helpful conversations that remove blame and shame. There is less judgement, more cooperation, and greater safety for a child who is outside their window.

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Author's Bio

Vicky Scott, RN, BA, MAHons Psych, PGDip Psych Practice, is a Registered Psychologist and provider of psychological services for Accident Compensation Corporation, the Ministry for Children Oranga Tamariki, and the New Zealand Defence Force. She has a clinical and theoretical interest in complex trauma and transpersonal psychology. Vicky is a mother and grandmother and lives with her partner David and their dog Frankie in Whanganui, where she maintains her clinical practice, focused primarily on the treatment of child, youth and adult trauma. Her other passions are family and travel. Email: vickyleanascott@gmail.com Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain is an artist of figurative subjects. She has travelled widely, to the US for workshops, and to Papua New Guinea, China, India and Samoa. She has also lived in Switzerland and spent time painting in the Outback of Australia. Jacqui is a previous recipient of the Designer's Institute CoCA Award. Her main subject matter is the human figure, but her work also explores shape, form and composition. She lives on an isolated farm in Port Levy, Banks Peninsula, with her husband and daughter. Email: jgibbschamberlain@xtra.co.nz

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