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Trauma Recommended Books

Trauma Blog Series

Over the next couple of months, Autism Learners will be doing a series of blogs on trauma and the impact it has in the classroom and home. We will be exploring how parents and instructors can create safety to support children. The connection between disabilities and trauma will also be discussed.

To kick off the series, below is a list of recommended books that are geared toward understanding trauma, the impact it has on behavior, and providing tools. Click on the book for additional information on where to find them!

Book Recommendations

The Connected Child

“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”

Dr. Karyn Purvis

Attended Audience

Parents, specifically foster care or adoptive parents. With that being said, the knowledge and tools can also be applied in the classroom.

Topics Covered

Building trust, responding to disorders (learning, developmental, or behavioral), and tools for guiding behavior

Disclaimer: This book includes faith based tones.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”

Dr. Bruce Perry

Attended Audience

Clinicians and teachers. The book is written by a Child Psychiatrist and each chapter covers a different story related to trauma.

Topics Covered

A variety of different types of trauma and how it changes the brain.

Disclaimer: Due to the detailed stories and subject matter, read with discretion.

Todd Parr

“Peace is being different, feeling good about yourself, and helping others. The world is a better place because of you.”

Todd Parr

Attended Audience

Children and families.

Topics Covered

Todd Parr does an amazing job of covering a wide range of topics at a child's level. The two books I have included below cover grief and being different.

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