Building Loving Connections. The Impact of Trauma on Development and Attachment for Children in Placement Presented by C. Lynne Edwards, LCSW. Myths. The effects of abuse and trauma to young children will “vanish”. 2. If a child has no cognitive memory of a loss, then they don’t grieve.
Building Loving Connections
The Impact of Trauma on Development and Attachment for Children
C. Lynne Edwards, LCSW
2. If a child has no cognitive memory of a loss, then they don’t grieve.
3. Behavior can be managed by rules and consequences.
Gratification: eye contact touch smile movement feeding
Initiating Positive Interactions
Parent Initiates Positive Interaction
Gratification Child Responds
Gratification Parent Responds
The powerful emotional connection in which the caregiver connects with and shares the child’s “inner state”
What happens when the primary caregiver does not respond?
The brains of children who experience trauma are wired differently.
Efforts to support optimal brain development
should start as early as pregnancy. Services
after delivery have the most impact and are
the most cost effective when provided to
children from birth to 5 years of age, when
the brain is developing most rapidly.
It’s better to build a bridge at the top of the cliff than
to station an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.
One of the most important facts in a child’s development is the support of a parent or caregiver who consistently meets children’s needs, responds to their underlying emotional needs, and engages in positive interactions with them.
The predictability of a daily routine helps children understand the world is a safe place where they can learn and grow without fear. Children need to feel that their caregiver is in charge.
When children are affected by a traumatic event, they and their parents could benefit from a mental health provider and case managers who:
Trauma and its effects are not limited to young children. Teens benefit from quality time with their caregivers and adult mentors who help them:
Helping a family gain access to quality, affordable health care and make healthy decisions regarding diet and nutrition are important for supporting a child’s brain development both before and after birth.
Parents and children need help processing their feelings. Common emotional responses of children and parents to traumatic events include:
Children do what their parents want to keep them close. Children who have experienced trauma at the hands of a caretaker get mixed messages. For them, the key to changing behavior is meeting their underlying emotional needs and developing the attachment relationship.
The physical and emotional distress that traumatized children experience as well as the potential developmental delays that follow may lead to behavioral problems in school, poor academic performance and difficulty making social connections. Establishing a relationship is a necessary first step, even in the classroom.
Many families experience stress resulting from poverty and could benefit from information about budgeting, financial resources available to assist with needs, banking information, job search, etc. This is also known as asset building.
No single system can address all the issues a child and family may experience as a result of stress and trauma. Collaborative partnerships with early intervention programs, early care and education, respite care, home visiting services, and many others who provide trauma informed services are a necessary component.
Realigning Resources to
Promote Early Prevention Services
Presented by C. Lynne Edwards, LCSW
C. Lynne Edwards, LCSW
Trauma and Attachment Therapist
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