Despite efforts on the part of parents and other care providers to protect young people from such things, many children and adolescents experience traumatic events in their young years. In fact, the Child Traumatic Stress Network found that in some regions of the country, that by the end of their school age years, as many as one in every four children experiences trauma significant enough to affect their ability to function in their daily lives.
While some children are exposed to just one traumatic event (e.g. car accident, fire), others experience multiple and repeated trauma over time.
For many years, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was the primary diagnosis given to people who had signficant distress following any kind of traumatic experience.
With recent advances in brain research, however, experts now understand that the reactions of children to traumatic experiences that are repeated, over time are different and much more complex than those caused by a single traumatic event or short term exposure to trauma. Experts in the field of traumatic stress have developed the term “developmental trauma” to describe the negative developmental impact on children who are exposed to repeated or multiple traumatic experiences over time.
Below are some printable materials providing more detailed information about Developmental Trauma for parents/guardians, and child serving professionals.
Electronic templates for these booklets and strategy sheets are available to organizations, schools, and communities for a nominal fee so they may be adapted to reflect your community’s own local resources. Use the contact us button at the top of the page for more information or call the Students FIRST Project at 802-488-6706.