By Marilyn Wedge
With greater than 4 million American childrens clinically determined with ADHD and different psychiatric problems, taking a toddler to a psychiatrist is as universal as taking them to football perform. yet, disturbingly, a large number of kids adventure risky emotional and actual uncomfortable side effects from psychotropic medicines. the place can mom and dad who're wanting to keep away from shaming labels and medicine flip whilst their baby shows traumatic habit? Suffer the Children provides a much-needed replacement: child-focused family members remedy. A family members therapist for over 20 years, Marilyn Wedge stocks the tales of her sufferers. Wedge offers inventive thoughts that move from viewing children's indicators no longer as biologically decided "disorders" yet as responses to relationships of their lives that may be altered with the aid of a therapist.
Instructive, illuminating, and uplifting, Suffer the Children extensively reframes how we as mom and dad, as healthiness pros, and as a society can reply to difficulties of youth in a thoughtful and respectful style.
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Ensure that the massage strokes you use are smaller and gentler than those you might use for a term baby. The touch needs to be gentle but firm – too light a touch may be unpleasant and over-stimulating. Before you start the massage warm some oil in your hands. For each new body part, begin by placing your hand on that area and ask your baby if you can massage him. After each stroke, stop and observe how he reacts to it. Watch out for stress cues and no cues (see page 64). If he cries, use still hands to offer comfort and reassurance.
KEY TECHNIQUES THE BOTTOM KNEADING THE BOTTOM Position the heel of each hand at the base of each buttock. Circle your hands several times simultaneously, the right hand moving clockwise, the left hand, anticlockwise. Move your hands around the buttocks slightly as you circle. When you reach the ankle, begin the stroke on the other leg using your other hand. One hand should always stay in contact with your baby. Repeat several times. FINISHING STROKES ON THE BACK OF THE BABY THE LEGS BACK EFFLEURAGE STROKES DOWN THE BODY Place your left hand on your baby’s right shoulder.
Take the arm furthest from your body behind his back and pull it very gently towards the centre of his back, holding it straight at the elbow (see right). Stroke firmly from the shoulder to the wrist and pull off at the fingers. 1 Take the leg furthest from you and bend it at the knee, bringing the heel to the buttocks. Repeat several times, then stroke firmly down the legs. Change your baby’s position so he faces the opposite direction and repeat on his other arm and leg. 2 55 E V E RY DAY C A R E CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ❖ C HILDREN WITH DOWN’S SYNDROME or Cerebral Palsy often have low muscle tone, which massage can help to develop.
Suffer the Children: The Case against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative by Marilyn Wedge