Friday, April 27, 2012

Five for Friday: Trauma

I think about trauma a lot, because, well, trauma and foster-adoption pretty much go hand in hand. I actually believe (though not everyone agrees with me) that there's a traumatic aspect to all adoptions, but add the various complications that can accompany a child's journey into and through foster care (abuse, neglect, bouncing from home to home, psychiatric hospitalizations, etc.) and, well, you get the picture. By the time these kids arrive in their foster-adoptive homes, they've often developed a whole arsenal of survival techniques that don't necessarily serve them well when the goal is connection and adjustment rather than mere survival.

Trauma is especially on my mind this week because of two things I read recently:

One is this excellent article in ACES Too High News. It's primary focus is on school discipline, but it contains a boatload of good information on trauma that can serve adoptive parents, too.

The second is this post by Sunday Koffron of To Tell the Truth: Please Stand Up. First of all, I love that she's talking about mirror neurons (it's a favorite topic of mine -- one I almost always touch on when I speak about foster-adoption publicly). But I'm really linking to this post because of where she gets to in the end. Want to know what your child's experience of trauma feels like? Read this post.

To round out my Five for Friday, here are three resources that I recommend if you are interested in learning more about how to best support children with trauma histories:

Child Trauma Academy
Beyond Consequences Institute

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Please Stand Up post too. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I read it a few days ago. Trauma has been the main focus of our life these past months and there just don't seem to be enough hours in a day to learn enough. Thanks for bringing more attention to it and for providing the links.