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Childhood Interrupted: A Developmentally-Informed, Biologically Respectful Approach

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A child’s brain development is profoundly influenced by his or her experience. Adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect or exposure to violence can shape the organization of the brain which, in turn, influences the capacity of the brain to help a child think, feel and behave.

Understanding Brain Development

The impact of any event is likely to be most profound on the systems in the brain, which are most rapidly developing. Therefore, depending upon the specific time in development that the traumatic event takes place as well as the specific nature of adverse experience, a range of problems can arise, from delayed development to impulsivity to severe emotional problems.

Understanding the origins of these problems and how they can be identified and addressed is one of the major challenges for professionals working with maltreated and traumatized children. Participants will have an opportunity to review cases and discuss the practical implementations of this approach.

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