On October 27, 2016, a committed group of parents and educators, on a very stormy evening, attended a workshop on: Development Mediated by Trauma: How to Recognize and Remediate Adverse Childhood Experiences, with experts Dr. Boris Gindis, psychologist specializing in trauma and Jennifer Griesbach, a psychotherapist specializing in adoptive children. According to Dr. Gindis, “Trauma is a an objectively stressful event that subjectively is experienced by a person as emotional distress, disturbance and suffering.” Traumatic stress, even only unresponsive care, can cause damage to the biochemistry of the brain, he noted. The workshop centered on the understanding of Developmental Trauma Disorder and the need for patience and awareness of the issues. Ms. Griesbach and Dr. Gindis both recommended therapeutic parenting and specific types of psychotherapy and family counseling to assist children.
Marion Walsh, Esq. from Littman Krooks LLP noted that many schools and parents do not understand the effects of trauma on children and that school districts have an affirmative duty to locate students suspected of having disabilities, including emotional disabilities. Trauma can lead to emotional and learning disabilities. She spoke about the need for education, training and school services and placements available.
More information will be forthcoming in the future as we learn more about this important topic. Visit our calendar to learn about our upcoming workshops.