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Steve SparksBy Steve Sparks
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Steve SparksBy Steve Sparks
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$395
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About

My work as an author, blogger and child advocate, including a post WWII childhood and young adult trauma survivor who lived in heartbreaking toxic home circumstances. The life long experience of carrying childhood emotional baggage into adulthood has given me the passion and motivation to help innocent children and less than educated families achieve a high level of sensitivity and awareness of the symptoms of post-trauma stress (PTS). Writing, blogging, and speaking about this topic has also given me the strength to heal my own painful invisible wounds. I have gained a significant following of friends, family, and colleagues on social media, name recognition, and branding since publishing my first book, Reconciliation: A Son's Story, in 2011...http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Sparks/e/B0070CJDCM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 

Reconciliation: A Son's Story
Reconciliation: A Son's Story
My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma, Part 2...
My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma, Part 2...

Since publishing my first non-fiction memoir in 2011, Reconciliation,  two additional e-books have been published on the Amazon KDP platform, My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma, Part 1&2. Part 2, provides parents, teachers, and mentors a closer look at the journey of healing, and how to help trauma affected children from age 1-8. The goal is to help kids early enough to mitigate the painful symptoms of PTS, which become detractors from growing and learning in school. The older we are the harder it is to come to terms with the symptoms of PTS. I was 64 years old when finally coming to terms with my own early childhood trauma resulting from child abuse and maltreatment, including recovering from polio at age 2.

My goal is to turn the ebook, “Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma Part 2,” into a workbook edition. The workbook style hard copy can be used as a trauma sensitive guide and reference for parents, teachers, and mentors. My project is underway with Dancing Moon Press, Newport, Oregon in Lincoln County Oregon, http://www.dancingmoonpress.com/. The total estimate for the workbook project is $10,000. I have committed $1000 personally to get the project started. Additional funding as needed will come from other fund makers, in-kind contributions, and individual cash donations. There is wide community support from the mental health and educational sectors in Lincoln County Oregon, USA, and broader global markets. Many parents have indicated the critical need for this kind of heart felt support, written by a lay person who is a childhood trauma survivor.

Following is an excerpt from, I Worry About the Kids, Chapter 1, Introduction... A must read before you decide to back my project...

"Although children are resilient and adapt to their immediate surroundings and their broader environment—good, bad, indifferent, and ugly as it might be—kids inhale the pain of loved ones, especially parents they look to for love, support, and security. Parents don't always see or even think that toxic behaviors in the home, school, and neighborhood will have long-term implications on the healthy growth of their children. Parents who suffer from severe post trauma stress are fully engaged in their own world of emotional pain, a private agony that can strike at any moment by haunting triggers from the past. Outbursts of anger, panic attacks, and irrational behaviors represent a trauma-affected adult who is expressing grieving emotions from past traumatic events. When these scary events occur in the home, kids become frightened for their safety. Children are often silent and try to stay clear of threatening violent behaviors, but they never forget. They live and cope with whatever happens around them just like adults. I'm often asked why I worry so much about babies and young children when thinking and writing about post-traumatic stress and the toxic circumstances that surround a family when a parent suffers from it. I worry because even unborn babies can be damaged from post-trauma family dynamics. And I worry about the kids because the longer the delay in paying attention to them, the more permanent the damage. Where do I find these children? The terrible answer is I find them in every social strata, every economic level, in every neighborhood, everywhere. Children exhibiting the signs of post-traumatic stress often live in military families that include a parent who served in hard combat but came home fueled by anxiety, depression, and anger. They are children of 1st responders whose work places them in the midst of terrible violence and chaos, and they can't help but bring some of their despair back home. They are homeless kids sleeping wherever they can lay their head for the night. Sometimes their parents are with them, sometimes not. They are the children of alcoholics and drug users. They are kids living among convicted criminals who need supervision of their own. They are the children of chronically depressed parents. They are undernourished kids living in poverty. They are kids with limited access to education—for whatever reason. They are children who have witnessed a murder, or a gun accident, or pulled the trigger themselves—you read about these stories in the newspapers way too often. They are children who found a parent dead of suicide. Or who was in the room when their mother was raped. They are foster children taken from parents who abused or neglected them, only to end up in another abusive situation. They are kids whose father or mother skipped out one day, never to return. They are children living with their grandparents because their own parents are dysfunctional or violent. They are children at the mercy of adults—stepfathers, pastors, relatives, neighbors—with sexually deviant personalities. Our society is experiencing an epidemic of children suffering from post-traumatic stress right this minute." 

Can't we do more?  We must do better!

Risks and challenges

1. Marketing and Distribution

I have a strong following on social media, including a popular blog, www.survivethriveptsd.com. I have been a published author and blogger for 6 years with name recognition. A much larger factor of success now will be as a speaker and facilitator of workshops to help educate parents and teachers. My work and commitment includes funded support from Dancing Moon Press, Newport, Oregon in Lincoln County Oregon, http://www.dancingmoonpress.com/. I would not be able to fund the completion of the this project without adequate funding sources. Revenue to achieve a return on investment would come from book signings, workshops, speaking events, and on-going independent and website book sales http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Sparks/e/B0070CJDCM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

2. Succession Planning

Long term success will be dictated by creating a team of kindred spirits, including family members, who can take my work forward in case of illness or death. As a healthy 70 year-old it would be safe to assume good physical and mental health to establish a strong business foundation with family members. My publishing has been self financed up to this point. Taking this work to the next level requires additional backing and support to succeed.

3. Sustainability

From my own experience in executive management, and as a small business owner, there will always be a risk of business failure. It will take a team of passionate and dedicated professionals who understand business, marketing, sales, and funding to achieve long term success.

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