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Verbal First Aid

Modern Medicine: Healing or Stealing?

Judith Acosta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith Acosta

I am as certain as I can be of anything in this fallen world that my father did not go into medicine to get rich or famous; now it's a different story.

Emergency in Tucson: Verbal First Aid in Action

Judith Simon Prager, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Simon Prager, PhD

When Daniel Hernandez took Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' hand and asked her to squeeze his if she could hear him, he was applying a form of Verbal First Aid.

When Kids Kill: A Tragic Failure of Attachment

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

What is the explanation for kids who kill? For the kids who fail to internalize social norms? For the kids who grow into narcissists or psychopaths? Are they just born defective through some blameless anomaly?

Limit Setting and Parenting with the Basics of Verbal First Aid

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

What has happened in our culture and in our families that we are more worried about whether our kids like us than whether we properly prepare them for a life?

Self-Healing Children: The Promise of Verbal First Aid

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

That our words have not only emotional impacts on others, but measurable, magnificent physiological effects is nothing short of astounding.

How to Turn Magical Thinking Into Healing Magic

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Therapeutic suggestion is particularly effective with children. Logic and expectation are not yet the barriers they become for adults and it is easier to reach them with healing suggestion.

Words As Medicine

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

The mother's words and her tone not only soothe her child emotionally, they begin to slow down the inflammatory response so that a disaster is averted.

Doctor-Parent Partnership for Maximizing Children's Health

Judith Simon Prager, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Simon Prager, PhD

The goal is for parents to make sure physicians attend not only to the medicine but to the positive emotion that contributes to healing and reduces pain and to forge an alliance.

Leading With Love: Kid Whispering, Dogs and Verbal First Aid

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Behavior management with children is a way of life, not a one-time application. It is a way of communicating and relating over time.

Early Childhood Attachment: Building a 'Safe Haven' for Your Child

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Children don't use words. But they do SIGNAL. They scream. They cry. They fuss. They pout. They cling. What do they signal for? Proximity and relief. The promise of safety.

Verbal First Aid: Healing Children's Pain and Fear With Words

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Children need adults to regulate their emotional arousal so that a traumatic event is encoded in a way that promotes a healthy concept of themselves and their ability to survive.

Fear and Verbal First Aid for Children

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Nothing moves us faster, spreads faster or stops us faster than fear. If we can create panic, can't we also create calm?

'Kid Whispering': Keeping Children Safe With Verbal First Aid

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

According to a growing number of experts, a human's need -- and search -- for safety starts at conception.

Words of Grace: Christianity and Verbal First Aid

Judith Acosta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Judith Acosta

If what we hear, we think, and if what we think, we see in our minds, and if what we see is what we feel, then the Bible is scientifically sound. We must direct thought -- and speech -- to that which heals.