Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed To Trauma

Reaching And Teaching
Children Exposed To Trauma

Author: Barbara Sorrels, EdD

What does a harmed child look like?

It's  the little girl on the playground who has mysterious bruises on her legs. I'ts the three-month old baby boy who arches his back when you try to hold him. I'ts the four-year old who bites and hits when asked to clean up. These are the faces of traumatized children. Nearly half of the reports that national Child Protective Services receives annually are for victims under five years old.

As an early childhood professional, you play a key role in the early identification of maltreatment and unhealthy patterns of development. You are also the gateway to healing. In Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed To Trauma, you will find the tools and strategies to connect with harmed children and start them on the path to healing.

Connecting With Children

The Effect of Trauma on Relationships

Never forget that challenging behavior is a cry for help and not a desire to get on our last nerve. Aggression is the language of fear: The more intense it is, the deeper the wounds and the more sensitive the heart.

Children who have been harmed in the context of a relationship can only be healed in a relationship. You will never truly change a child's heart without first establishing a relationship of trust and unconditional acceptance.

Childcare is more than just a job, it's a calling that is building, equipping and growing our future generational leaders. To make right a wrong.