Monday, December 17, 2012

Impact of Trauma on Child Development

The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention recently released a publication on “Childhood Trauma and Its Effect on Healthy Development.”

Infants and Toddlers:
  • Rely heavily on their parents to protect them and interpret the meaning of social interactions and novel events.
  • Are in the process of acquiring verbal and communication skills and developing a sense of self. 
  • Are still acquiring the skills needed to adjust their behavior adequately in response to changes in the environment.
School Age Children are in the process of developing:
  • A defined sense of right and wrong
  • The ability to empathize with others
  • The interpersonal skills to form relationships with adults and peers
Adolescents are:
  • Experiencing physical and social changes
  • Gaining more independence
  • Establishing their personal identity


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