Therapeutic parenting is not your usual parenting style. It's a special, specific way to raise kids who have experienced trauma in their past, and requires a lot of commitment and determination - this is about far more than love and care.
But where do you start?
This book is the ideal first step for anyone who wants to understand how therapeutic parenting works. It offers simple summaries of the key ideas behind it, fully illustrated throughout with informative cartoons and graphics. Over 40 different issues are covered, from dysregulation and fear, to setting boundaries and parenting in the midst of trauma.
The perfect introduction for new therapeutic parents, family members, teachers or other adults who need to help support you and your child, this Quick Guide will also be a source of inspiration for more experienced parents.
, Sarah Dillon
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Series: Therapeutic Parenting Books
15 June 2020
Professional and scholarly
Acknowledgments. 3 Introduction Sarah Naish. 3 1 WHY DO OUR CHILDREN DO THE THINGS THEY DO?!4 1 The Unskilled Pilot - (A lack of trust)5 2 The Spider Parent- (Fear of adults)7 3 My Friend the Spider- (Staying safe)10 4 The Automatic Car- (Illogical behaviours)12 5 The Plane Crash (part 1) - (Impulsiveness)15 6 The Deal Breaker -(Breaking promises)18 7 The Land of Now- (Unable to link cause and effect)20 8 The Crumbling Wall - (Hidden disabilities)23 2 RAISING PENGUINS. 26 9 Penguins Don't Fly- (Our children are different)27 10 The Messy Nest (Destruction)30 11 The Girl Who Wouldn't Try - (Self sabotage)32 12 Squeezing the Glass- (Over controlling)35 13 The King of the Castle (Traditional consequences don't work)37 14 Lie Tennis- (Lying)40 15 The Apprentice Who Wasn't Sorry- (Fake apologies)43 16 The Lift - (Unintended consequences)46 3 IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS - The Unhelpful Others. 50 17 The Goldfish -(Risk averse practice)51 18 The Measuring Stick - (Judgement from others)54 19 The Cart - (Our burden)57 20 The Ostrich Teacher- (Unhelpful schools)60 21 The Snowflake Parent- (Unhelpful others)62 4 PARENTING IN THE TRAUMA TORNADO.. 64 22 The Eye of the Storm- (Managing chaos)65 23 The Elephant- (Staying kind)67 24 The Steam Train- (Keeping on track)69 25 The Rude Wind- (Responding to rudeness)71 26 The Conductor - (Controlling behaviour)74 27 The Missiles- (Responding to arguing)77 28 The Cliff Top- (Keeping boundaries)79 29 The Inquiry Lie- (Honesty)82 5 SAFER PARENTING- Therapeutic Responding. 84 30 The Needle on the Record- (Changing our responses)85 31 The Plane Crash Part 2- (Unable to calm)87 32 ACE Detective- (Working out what is behind the behaviour)91 33 The Frightened Dog- (Connecting in a crisis)94 34 Sharing the PIE- (Sibling rivalry)96 35 The Shame Pit- (Overwhelming shame)100 36 The Escalator - (Natural and logical consequences)103 6 WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?!106 37 The Trap Door -(Triggers)107 38 Trauma Pancakes- (Multiple issues surfacing)111 39 The Jigsaw Child- (Why sabotage happens)114 40 The Smoke Detector- (Unexpected behaviours)117 41 The Monster in the Cupboard - (Difficult quiet times)119 7 THE OVERWHELMING NEED.. 122 42 The Two-year-old Psychopath- (Lack of empathy)123 43 The Pet Spider- (Being controlled)126 44 Memory Beach- (Memory issues)129 45 The Hand-Grenade- (The 'trouble-maker')132 46 The Car Crash- (Feeling overwhelmed)134 8 FILLING THE CUP. 135 47 The Empty Cup- (Exhaustion)136 48 The Boring Place- (Getting a break)138 49 Eeyore Parenting- (Losing hope)140 50 The Rabbit- (Isolation)142 51 The Empathy Bowl- (Effective listening)144 9 HOPE. 146 52 The Twisty Turny Steps- (Fear for the future)147 53 The Diet Fail- (Having a bad day)149 54 Slides and Ladders- (Overcoming obstacles)151 55 The Trauma Lake- (Foundations for change)153 56 The Hidden Path- (Inspiration)154
Sarah Naish is author of bestselling parenting guide The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting. She is an adoptive parent, founder of the National Association of Therapeutic Parents, director of Inspire Training Group and author of the hugely popular Therapeutic Parenting Books series. She lives in Gloucestershire. Sarah Dillon is a Founding Committee Member and Therapeutic Lead of the National Association of Therapeutic Parents. She is also a therapist, specialising in attachment difficulties, complex and developmental trauma, and spent much of her childhood in the care system. She lives in Derby.
Reviews for The Quick Guide to Therapeutic Parenting: A Visual Introduction
Using light-hearted analogies and their wealth of first-hand knowledge, Sarah Naish and Sarah Dillon encourage us all to see the behaviour of children with developmental trauma in a whole new light. This accessible Quick Guide is a source of enlightenment, comfort and hope for all parents and professionals. It will help us to discover what the authors describe as 'the hidden path', so we can translate and see behaviour as a means of communication and in doing so support healing. For the sake of the increasing number of children with developmental trauma, everybody needs to tread this path. -- Daniel Thrower, CEO and Anne Oakley, Attachment Lead, The Wensum Educational Trust, Norwich What an amazing book! I read through each part and can easily put children's names to the behaviours that are explained. It's funny, serious, passionate reassuring and very helpful to any Therapeutic parent. The way it is written makes it ideal for a quick ten minute read/reminder for specific behaviours or a longer introduction for less experienced TPs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and sure that it will help thousands of other parents. -- Jen Dalby, Therapeutic parent