May 17th, 2010
The Finding Hope Foundation was created to help parents and educate the public about developmental disorders due to early childhood trauma. What is trauma? Most of the trauma we deal with in children is an emotional or psychological injury resulting from extremely stressful or life-threatening situations. This may look like neglect, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse. It can also be a result of a death, divorce, extended hospital stays or any significant disruption in the first few years of life. These experiences can cause a break in the brains ability to form trust which causes significant delays in a child’s ability to form relationships, regulate their emotions, and feel safe.
Traumatized children are often diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorder, Bi-Polar, Autism and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Here is a checklist of behaviors.