As you know, I have been writing on the topic of trauma in children in the past few posts. One reality that we face is that so many of our systems, organizations and professionals who deal with children are not trauma-informed. This can mean that we may not have the proper lenses for children who […]
At Lakeside, we are strong advocates for creating child-safe environments in homes, schools and communities. Evidence shows that children who grow up in emotionally and relationally safe environments are more likely to be healthier. However, it is also a fact that children who have certain protective factors are more resilient to adverse situations.
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?