Polyvagal Theory and the Developing Child: Building Healthy Brains, Kids, Families, and Communities

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Author: Marilyn R Sanders & George S. Thompson

Publisher: WW Norton & Co

Published: 16th November 2021

ISBN: 9780393714289 -- This title is due to be published on the 30th November 2021. You can if you wish order it now at our special pre-publication price and we will deliver it to you as soon as it becomes available.

This title is due to be published on the 30th November 2021. You can if you wish order it now at our special pre-publication price and we will deliver it to you as soon as it becomes available.

At its heart, polyvagal theory describes how the brain s unconscious sense of safety or danger impacts our emotions and behaviors. In this powerful book, pediatrician and neonatologist Marilyn R. Sanders and child psychiatrist George S. Thompson offer readers both a meditation on caregiving and a call to action for physicians, educators, and mental health providers. When children don t have safe relationships, or emotional, medical, or physical traumas punctuate their lives, their ability to love, trust, and thrive is damaged. Children who have multiple relationship disruptions may have physical, behavioral, or mental health concerns that follow them into adulthood.

By attending to the lessons of polyvagal theory that adult caregivers must be aware of children’s unconscious processing of sensory information the authors show how professionals can play a critical role in establishing a sense of safety even in the face of dangerous, and sometimes incomprehensibly scary, situations.