Pre-Verbal Trauma: Never Too Young to Remember

Parents, educators, and other professionals will develop an understanding of how trauma that happens during the pre-verbal stage of a child’s development impacts daily functioning within their homes, schools, and communities.

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Offers Early Intervention credit: 3 hours in Working with Families

Parents, educators, and other professionals will develop an understanding of how trauma that happens during the pre-verbal stage of a child’s development impacts daily functioning within their homes, schools, and communities. While there is a misconception that children can be too young to remember trauma it is, in fact, a highly damaging for a child to experience trauma before they have the language skills to create a narrative of their experience. The memory is stored implicitly and can cause children great distress as they grow older. However, because pre-verbal trauma is encoded in the brain, they won’t be able to connect their distress to their previous experience without the help of a trauma informed professional. Attendees will learn how creating trauma informed environments for these children and teaching parents to respond in a therapeutic way can help children begin to thrive.