Published by Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117
www.redleafpress.org © 1996, 2014 by Barbara Oehlberg
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First edition published 1996. Second edition 2014.
Cover design by Jim Handrigan
Cover photographs/illustrations by Stephanie Roth
Interior design by 4 Seasons Book Design/Michelle Cook and typeset in Rotis Serif.
Interior photos/illustrations by Stephanie Roth
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Oehlberg, Barbara, 1932-
Making it better : activities for children living in a stressful world / Barbara Oehlberg. —
Summary: “This second edition speaks to the concept of ‘trauma-informed’ early child-
hood education and includes many activities to help fragile children process and heal from
stressful events, including natural disasters, community and family violence, extensive medical
treatments, complicated family dynamics, deployment of a parent in the military, and more” —
Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-1-60554-160-0 (pbk.)
1. Early childhood education—Activity programs. 2. Stress in children. 3. Stress management
for children. 4. Grief in children. 5. School psychology. I. Title.
Printed on acid-free paper