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Judith Simon Prager, PhD
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Judith Simon Prager, PhD, has trained doctors, nurses, and first responders around the US, in England and in China in using Verbal First Aid.™ She consults for major hospitals on pediatric, surgical, and prenatal issues. She also teaches with her husband, Harry Youtt, in the UCLA Ext. Writers' Program where they were named "Outstanding Instructors."

Entries by Judith Simon Prager, PhD

Talking to Kids About a 'Lockdown'

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 11:57 AM

In earlier times, when the threat came from nuclear weapons rather than young men with guns, schools trained children in "duck and cover" drills. These days, we have "lockdowns," requiring hiding from someone with a murderous intent and the means to accomplish it. Awful as the threats are, we also...

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Dolphin-Assisted Therapy: Something Magical in the Water

(34) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Matteo and Marco are therapists who work together. Mateo is uneducated and intuitive. Marco is fully credentialed and certified. Yet, Marco is lavish in his praise of Mateo's techniques. "I consider him an equal co-therapist," he says.

Mateo is a dolphin. Yes, a dolphin. Marco is Marco Kuerschner,...

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When the Earth and the Heart Break Open

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 2:17 PM

The earthquake in Japan moved the axis of the earth some 6.5 inches. In our sleep, maybe, we could feel it tearing, rending us beyond measure. "Enough," we want to shout, wanted to shout after September 11, Katrina, Indonesia, Haiti, Iceland, Chile and New Zealand. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and now...

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Between Amy Chua and Betty Draper, Where Are the Positive Parenting Models?

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 3:53 PM

There was a time when children were thought of merely as possessions. Parents could do what they wanted with them, as could teachers and factory bosses, with complete impunity. It wasn't until 1938 that a law prohibiting children as young as five from working in factories was enacted in the...

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Emergency in Tucson: Verbal First Aid in Action

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 11:51 AM

That awful day in Tucson when Daniel Hernandez heard shots and ran towards the shooting, rather than, as survival instincts would impel, away from it, he was a hero despite his protestations to the contrary. When he took Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' hand and asked her to squeeze his if she...

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Minimizing the Effects of Trauma

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 7:55 AM

Therapists use many modalities to help people heal from trauma. But an important question is: how can all of us help to prevent traumatic responses from taking hold in the first place -- even before birth, even on the battlefield? Yes, awful things happen. But, as with pain, it is...

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Doctor-Parent Partnership for Maximizing Children's Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM

As soon as two-year-old Emma recognized it was the doctor's office they'd arrived at, the words she'd only recently begun to learn came tumbling out: "Oh, no. No, no, no. Have to go home now!" as she wriggled and attempted to pull away from the door her mother was trying...

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Verbal First Aid: Healing the Scars of Bullying

(67) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 8:00 AM

"She was beautiful," a female classmate of Phoebe Prince, the girl who was recently "bullied to death," reported to People Magazine. "She was bullied out of pure jealousy." Although bullying has always been with us, the advent of cyber-bullying has multiplied its ugly power exponentially.

How we combat the...

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