This lovely video created by Beacon House is incredibly helpful in understanding the ups and downs of Nathan, Olivia, Georgia, and Asher. All four presented with some, if not all, of the recognized symptoms of developmental trauma and we are working hard to address their healing through this bottom-up approach. As the video shares multiple times, it is so helpful when caregivers are on the same track across all aspects of a traumatized child’s day.
But I also find this information unbelievably necessary for the general public. We naturally do not always know when we are dealing with deep hurts in others. Assuming behaviors are merely a result of rebellion or poor parenting is a dangerous pitfall – and one I fell into too many times to count. You may not be part of the inner-circle for a developmentally traumatized child but validating the following information can help you support those inner-circle people… because they need to stay healthy and regulated just as much as the child. And stares, whispers, callous judgment, inexcusable ignorance, or just plain apathy all break down an adult’s ability to remain strong for the difficult child[ren] in their care.