Our discussion surrounding the impact of trauma to children should include the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and its groundbreaking research related to trauma. The ACE Study correlates a variety of adverse childhood events to the overall health and well-being of adults. The results are almost shocking.
We may wonder if every adverse event is traumatizing, but that is not the case. A potentially traumatizing event can evoke grief rather than trauma, wherein the inciting event can be traumatizing but the child or adult recovers spontaneously, in a fairly short period of time, leaving little or no emotional or brain related scars. […]
As we continue to discuss the impact of trauma on children, we need to recognize that there are two types of traumatic impact. A traumatized child doesn’t necessarily suffer a long-term impact. It is possible that a child could experience a traumatic event, receive help and recover. However, other children can and do suffer lasting […]
As we have discovered in recent previous posts, trauma can cause children and adults to act and react on a continuum pertaining to the impact of the trauma. Behavior can be exaggerated as in hyper-arousal, or avoiding or denying, such as in dissociation. To further understand these behaviors, we need to know the triggers that […]
Before we can address how trauma impacts our children, we must raise awareness that particularly in our cities, approximately 40% of children are affected. Further, early detection of trauma will permit early therapy and treatment so children will have an opportunity to succeed. Because of concern that many individuals do not understand the life-altering impact […]
In discussing how children and adults respond to trauma, we have referenced the work of Dr. Bruce Perry. He is a resource and has been a voice internationally in the cause of helping children who have been traumatized. Dr. Perry also has provided information regarding brain states and the impact of trauma on a child’s […]
We have been discussing how children (and adults) react to trauma. If we placed these reactions on a continuum, we would have a dissociative reaction opposing a hyper-arousal reaction. Consequently, a child who is traumatized may be highly energized or highly withdrawn.
In my last post, I discussed the five brain states as identified by Dr. Bruce Perry. These brain states indicate which parts of the brain are primarily in control at any given point in time. How would they look in a developing brain? What do they mean to a child who has suffered trauma?
The human brain with its interrelated structures is indeed a phenomenon. The constant chemical and electrical activities occurring within it are far too vast and complex to explain in one post. But many complex processes—going on all at once—are impacted by environment. This is particularly true for children where the brain is forming, wiring and […]
A popular commercial years ago showed an egg frying in a pan with the slogan, “This is your brain on drugs!” The graphic reference really stuck in my mind. In my last post, I quoted alarming statistics on the prevalence of trauma in children and teenagers. In this post, I discuss consequences of the impact […]