A “traumatized” child is often thought of a child who has experienced mental abuse, physical abuse, inhabited a war-torn area or endured a head injury. However, developmental trauma (such as chronic everyday stress or even stress experienced in-utero) has the same impact on the brain as an acute episode of trauma. Trauma in all its forms has a profound impact on the developing brain and body.
It is not just the conscious memory of a traumatic event that a child must deal with. Trauma is stored in the brain as primary sensory memory — a muscle movement, a taste, a smell, a feeling or a sound. To understand how difficult it is to overcome this type of trauma, think about how difficult it would be to "unlearn" riding a bike or playing a piano.
In this insightful webinar, author Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC, will discuss the latest research on how trauma — including stress — can impact the developing brain and how this may translate into difficult behaviors seen in the school and at home. It is essential that professionals who work with children understand the true dynamics of brain development and how it can be impacted by traumatic experiences. Practical application and creative interventions for students whose social, emotional &/or behavior difficulties may stem from trauma will be discussed; these interventions may also be applicable with young people with Asperger\'s Syndrome or other forms of Autism.
This 90-minute session will help attendees:
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To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.
Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing for 15 years with at-risk children and families in the foster care and adoptive system. A specialist in the area of attachment and trauma, with a particular emphasis on the neurophysiology of trauma, he uses a practical, and often experiential community-based approach to helping and empowering families and individuals to overcome the effects of trauma. He is an adjunct professor at a local university and a regular trainer for multiple agencies and organizations in the state of Colorado. Aaron has created a workbook entitled My Feelings Workbook, which helps traumatized children understand the emotions which may be associated with a traumatic experience on the non-verbal body level.