The Effects Of Traumatic Events On Infants And Young Children

1320 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
In recent years the research regarding trauma has shifted from adults to children. In the past, the impact of traumatic events on infants and young children has been passed over when in reality early childhood is the stage when a child is most vulnerable to the effects of trauma (Perry et. al., 1995). There are numerous interventions for early childhood trauma that focus on the child and the child’s primary caregiver. I wanted to design an intervention that will be able to go beyond the home environment of the child and into the school environment. Teacher can become secondary caregivers in a child’s life. They can also spend a significant amount of time with a child during the child’s time in the classroom. The teacher-training module was designed to offer a brief overview of early childhood trauma. The goal of the teacher-training is to provide teachers who work with children ages 0-5 with an overview of what early childhood trauma is, how it can present in the child’s behavior and to better equip teachers with an understanding of why difficult behaviors present in a child due to trauma. Reasoning behind effects of early childhood trauma will be discussed later in regards to attachment theory, stress and trauma theory, and psychoanalytic theory. Traumatic experience can occur to children under the age of six (Zero to Six Collaborative Group, 2010). Even though a child may not be able to vocalize or verbalize his/her own experiences regarding the traumatic experience, it…
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