May 28, 2011, New Westminster, BC: Developmental Trauma in the Young Child

New Westminster, BC

Grand Gathering

Understanding Developmental Trauma in the Young Child: Early childhood is a time of immense growth and development. The child that experiences trauma during this period is made substantially more developmentally vulnerable because of the way early trauma impacts brain development. However, for the same reasons that the young child is exceptionally vulnerable to the impact of trauma, the young child is also incredibly equipped to be resilient against trauma. This resilience is something that must be fostered in the child by understanding adults who are able to see the world through the child’s eyes. This workshop will focus on cultivating that understanding by exploring trauma neurologically and experientially from the child’s perspective. We will discuss how overarching diagnoses of developmental exceptionalities (such as FASD) and “attachment disorders” can exacerbate the impact of developmental trauma as well as the role of the “big people” in creating for the child an environment conducive to the championing of resilience.

May 28, 2011, 10:00am-12:00pm