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How Trauma Disrupts Development


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  • How long it takes to repair your para/sympathetic nervous system
  • What happens when our survival needs are not met
  • Why self-regulation is the foundation for resilience
  • How you can gain your voice back and strengthen relationships
  • How dehydration causes absence seizures and what to do about it

How long it takes to repair your para/sympathetic nervous system

Neglect can also result in developmental problems for children. As a result of physical and/or emotional neglect in infancy, a child can reach developmental milestones more slowly by virtue of a caregiver's failure to provide adequate opportunity and/or stimulation for the infant and then the toddler to develop. Once a child reaches preschool age and enters school, effects of neglect upon academic achievement can be seen. The academic performance of neglected children is worse than that of non-neglected children (Horner)

Dubowitz, 2009

). Neglected children have more problems with consistent school attendance, repeating grades, and poorer grades than do non-neglected peers. Children removed from their homes for neglect experienced more days in out-of-home care and were less likely to reunify than were children removed for abuse (

Bundy-Fazioli, Winokur, & Delong-Hamilton, 2009

).


  • What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander. In an interview with Carol Rittner and Sandra Meyers in Courage To Care - Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust, NYU Press, 1986, p. 2. Also quoted by Yad Vashem and Nicholas Kristoff in The Silence of the Bystanders, New York Times (March 19, 2006).-Elie Wiesel

Pay attention - Equip your child with the tools - You can't be in all places at all times - Look out for teachable moments/adversity aka opportunities to work on being better.

Children have feelings - Grandmother baby of 5 children - Mom died at 4 months - No nurture/affection-received tough love - We know what does happen, but what doesn't happen? Can't call for advice - figure it out - How to be a woman?

Parents should be the child's first responder.


What happens when our survival needs are not met


Why self-regulation is the foundation for resilience


How you can gain your voice back and strengthen relationships


How dehydration causes absence seizures and what to do about it


References

Horner, G. (2014). Child Neglect: Assessment and Intervention. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 28(2), 186-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.10.002


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