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Brain C-13

by Jerome Princy (2020-01-25)

In addition to traumas Brain C-13 Review unique Impact upon children, children will also have their own individual response to trauma. Trauma produces a psychological disequilibrium and wounding that is anxiety provoking to children. Children do not have the understanding of what has happened; why the trauma happened; and most Importantly, the realistic likelihood of the trauma repeating itself again. The child will respond with fear, helplessness, and a sense of terror that may be expressed in disorganized, agitated, or regressed behavior. Fear is the major thread woven throughout the child's response to the trauma a specific trauma-related fear which has the potential to become a phobia; generalized fears; or a fear of the trauma repeating itself again (with the potential of becoming an obsession). Closely akin to fear, separation anxiety also may be a response of the traumatized child. What must become the four cornerstones of treatment are the very things that were taken from the child by the trauma. The child's treatment must be based upon and structured around providing safety, kindness, predictability, and trustworthiness for the child. Debriefing should come as quickly as possible after a trauma. Debriefing should include four steps: preparing yourself- learning as much as possible about the specific trauma; having the child tell the story (5-20 minutes); sharing the child's reaction (5-15 minutes); and finally, assisting the child in survival and recovery as well as preparing the child for the expected post traumatic responses. Debriefing offers a beginning structure for listening and talking to the traumatized child with the goal of leading the child onto the path of the recovery process.