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In Safe and Sound Paul North and Dr. Lydia So bring the essence of Polyvagal Theory to young children in an intuitive and engaging graphic presentation. Polyvagal Theory is about feelings and how we, as responsible parents, teachers, and clinicians, need to be accessible to our children, to witness their feelings, and to reassure them that they are safe by being with us. This brief book illustrates the important functions in optimizing development by acknowledging our bodily feelings and respecting our need to connect with others including our pets, as critical resources that enable us to shift from negative feelings to feelings of safety, trust, and love. The narrative illustrates how therapeutic strategies that are ‘Polyvagal Informed’ such as the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ functionally incorporate these understandings. When these strategies are administered by insightful and compassionate therapists, such as the authors of this book, they may efficiently and seamlessly trigger feelings of safety in the child and promote, through sensitive and appropriate therapeutic guidance, a normalization of behavior.

Founding Director, Traumatic Stress Research Consortium
Kinsey Institute
Indiana University Bloomington

Professor of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Distinguished University Scientist

In this reassuring and informative book, Paul North and Lydia So explain how our bodies react to stress in a beautiful story about a child struggling with behavioral challenges. Safe and Sound showcases the Polyvagal perspective translated into child friendly language that will surely comfort all children facing emotional storms, while guiding their loving parents at the same time. I highly recommend it!

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