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My Private Parts are Private!: A Guide for Teaching Children about Safe Touching (Paperback)

My Private Parts are Private!: A Guide for Teaching Children about Safe Touching By Selena Carter (Illustrator), Robert D. Edelman Cover Image
By Selena Carter (Illustrator), Robert D. Edelman
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BEST SELLER My Private Parts are Private is designed for use by parents, caregivers, counselors, social service staff and protective investigators and can be read to children to help enable discussions about safe touching. It is a storybook to help boys and girls, of different races and ethnic backgrounds learn about protecting their bodies, self-respect and how to assertively say "No" and "Don't touch me " to anyone who touches them inappropriately. It includes open-ended questions following each lesson to encourage children to open up and explore their thoughts and feelings about safe touching, personal choices and when to seek others for help. The book also introduces the topic of sexual abuse and ways to keep one's body private. It helps adults and children talk about sexual abuse together in a way which minimizes embarrassment and fear, but emphasizes self-protection and open communication. Children learn that it's OK to tell and talk about their feelings, and that sexual abuse is never their fault in hopes that they can continue to heal. Although sensitive, My Private Parts are Private uses vivid and imaginative illustrations to build rapport and encourage adults and children to laugh, giggle and share. Each topic includes a keyword, simple explanation, open-ended question as well as a fun "Can you spot it?" exercise to keep children engaged and help refocus them if they become distracted, anxious or stressed due to the topic being discussed.

About the Author

Robert Edelman, Ed.S. is the CEO of the Village Counseling Center (VCC) in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Robert is the Founder of the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program which has provided specialized evaluations and treatment for over a thousand children and adolescents with sexual abuse and/or sexual behavior problems. Robert was also the founder and Co-Chair of the Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force and was an appointed member of the Gabriel Myers Work Group established by DCF to investigate issues related to Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse in Florida. He was an invited member of the Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse and Children with Sexual Behavior Problems Strategic Planning Committee for the Office of Family Safety in Florida. Robert has presented trainings and seminars nationally on topics related to sexual development, sexual abuse prevention, trauma, child-on-child sexual abuse and youth with sexual behavior problems. Robert grew up in Miami Beach, Florida before attending U.F. where he met his wife Pebbles who has also dedicated her life to helping children and families. Robert and Pebbles still reside in Gainesville, Florida with their children Sophie and Jude.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781489578006
ISBN-10: 1489578005
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: May 1st, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English