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Verbal First Aid: Help Your Kids Heal From Fear and Pain—And Come Out Strong by Judith Simon Prager.

In Judith Simon Prager's latest book, , she includes material on "prenatal babies" and "premature babies and other infants." She and co-author Judith Acosta discuss research indicating that they are conscious and listening in utero, and that the mother's stress during pregnancy "can manifest in an increased chance of premature birth, reduced birth weight of the baby, reduced motor maturity in infants, sleep disorders in toddlers, unconscious coping and survival skills such as hypervigilance and hyper-reactivity, deficits in regulatory control of behavior during childhood, and psychiatric disorders in adulthood."

They also discuss the Verbal First Aid tools for infants that include talking to the child using "words of love, of safety, of blessing—whether you believe that the baby can understand the precise meaning or not."

Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling, Social Work & Marriage & Family Therapy (2010) by Barry Weinhold, PhD and Janae Weinhold, Phd. 434 pages. ISBN 2009939848.

Drs. Barry and Janae Weinhold head the Carolina Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership. The Institute fosters trauma resolution and conflict resolution for individuals, cultural groups, and corporations worldwide. Their new book, Healing Developmental Trauma, features the following important distinctions and approaches:

  • The Trauma Continuum, differentiating the subtle symptoms of developmental shock, trauma and stress as to brain function, time orientation, autonomic nervous system response and suggested interventions;
  • A four-stage meta-theory, Developmental Systems Theory (DST) showing how the effects of unrecognized and unhealed developmental shock, trauma and stress are transmitted through intergenerational fractal patterns of recapitulation;
  • A comprehensive intervention model, Developmental Process Work (DPW), for healing developmental shock, trauma, and stress; and
  • A comprehensive interdisciplinary research review.