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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Because feelings are so abstract and confusing to youngsters, espe- cially to distressed ones, adults are recommended not to immediately use abstract feeling words to address hypersensitive or traumatized chil- dren. Instead, adults should use the words that describe body sensations or sensory experiences that all young students have experienced. Some examples are twitchy, butterflies, jittery, shaky, squishy, tingly, tight, frozen, dizzy, calm, relaxed, smooth, loose, spacey, and empty. These expressions immediately resonate with young students, especially anx- ious ones. Some of the healing activities in this book are directed at nam- ing feelings. For further information, Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline offer extensive insights into the language of sensations in their book Trauma through a Child’s Eyes. 36 Chapter Three COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL