Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Denver Wash Park Therapist: Trauma and Brain Development, Part II

Today's Blog Post

This is a brief, and very limited educational post only.  

How to manage the effects of brain Trauma

Many people experience full recoveries and/or learn how to effectively manage ongoing issues.  The secret is time, consistency, repetition, and patience.

Important Steps to Follow:
  1. Create a Safe Zone: The caregiver must provide a calm, inviting ‘safe haven,’ while practicing unconditional regard, support, and empathy.
  2. Provide Freedom: Safely explore the outer world before attempting to explore their inner world.  Utilize activities that engage the five senses, which in turn, stimulate brain functioning.  For example: Explore touch, taste, and smells.  Take nature walk and co-participate in art therapies.
  3. Remember to Breathe: Take time to practice slow, deep breathing – this helps reduce high heart rate beats, which typically is a sign of stress (i.e., the overwhelmed brain).  Add in an exercise called EFT or ‘tapping,’ and you may enhance your calming efforts.
  4. Regular Routine: Structure such as regular sleeping, eating, waking and other daily activities, has prove to be vital for recovery – these enable the brain to rest and be safe.
  5. Bad Behaviors: Say goodbye to the toxic ‘S’s – shamming, secrets, seclusion, stimulation, shouting, sarcasm, and smacking.
  6. The Three ‘R’s:  Remember to regulate, relate, and reason.

If you would like to read more about trauma, two very good books are: The Boy Raised as a Dog and The Body Keeps the Score.

Also, if you or a family member have been exposed to trauma, we can help.  Please click here to see our trauma/abuse treatment programs:

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