Developmental Trauma Close Up Information Booklet

Developmental Trauma Close Up Information Booklet
The booklet is a valuable resource for parents, caregivers, professionals, and adults supporting children who have experienced childhood trauma or loss. It provides insights and guidance to help understand and address the challenges faced by these children. It acknowledges the profound and complex difficulties observed in vulnerable children and offers strategies based on current evidence and thinking. It also resonates with adults who have experienced similar childhood experiences.

The focus is on reframing the “problems” as “wise adaptations” and exploring the concept of Developmental Trauma. The impacts of Developmental Trauma, such as sensory development, dissociation, attachment, emotional and behavioral regulation, cognition, self-concept, and mental health, are explained. The booklet offers hope and practical suggestions for repairing early trauma, emphasising the importance of self-care, safety, emotional regulation, and connection. It encourages a holistic approach to healing and acknowledges the potential for positive growth and recovery.

Topics included:

  • Who can suffer developmental trauma?
  • It’s not all about what happened
  • What is Developmental Trauma?
  • The seven impacts of Developmental Trauma: Sensory Developmen, Dissociation, Attachment Development, Emotional Regulation, Behavioral Regulation, Cognition, Self-Concept & Identity Development
  • Mental Health
  • When a Traumatised Child Becomes an Adult
  • The Good News!
  • What can I do as a parent/carer? Survival/Self Care, Safety & Mastery, Regulation of Emotions,  Calming or Alerting the Brainstem, Repair, Connection, Going Backwards To Go Forwards. 


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See other resources on developmental trauma on website:

A Wormhole Back In Time: The Body Remembers

Bottom up Brain Development Diagram

Brainstem Calmers: Moving a Child to their Thinking Brain

Chameleon: When I’m Fine Really Means…

Connection: Re-connecting In Tolerable Ways

Developmental Trauma Close Up Article PDF | Revised January 2020

Developmental Trauma Close Up Article Word Document | Revised January 2020

Developmental Trauma Diagram

Developmental Trauma Summary Sheet

Dissociation in Children & Teens Article

Dissociation Conversation Cards: What Does it Feel Like?

Grounding Texts (Dissociation): Remote Grounding Tool

Lightening the Load In Lockdown: Ideas from the Beacon House Team

Parenting a Child with a Sensitive Fight Response

Self Care (Lighthouse Poster)

Side By Side: A Therapeutic Journey Through Secondary Trauma

Survival Loop Diagram

The Polyvagal Theory: How the Nervous System Copes With Threat

The Space In Between: How Is The Support You Offer Influenced By Your Attachment Strategies

The Truncated Response: Survival Responses Trapped in the Nervous System

Therapeutic Parenting Is…

Threat Detectors: Other People Through the Eyes of a Traumatised Child

What if… It was a survival strategy behind the label?

What if… We are curious about behaviour?

‘What We Say’ Comic. (A language shift resource)

Wounding Words: A Perspective Change