Are Your Student’s Testing You, are You Passing the Test?

Children who come from early childhood trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, etc.) often do not feel secure in their environment or with adults or peers. It’s like they are always looking for the next shoe to drop or for something else to go wrong. Sometimes they will even test new adults and friends in their […]

TRAUMA, DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT AND SURVIVAL

TRAUMA, DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT AND SURVIVAL   When children are exposed to early, complex, and/or long-term trauma, their brains can become wired for self-protection. Often, it makes them feel responsible for taking care of themselves. This focus on survival and controlling one’s environment can affect the natural progression through the developmental stages, impacting conscience development and […]

Mental Health Concern or Emotional Immaturity?

Mental Health Concern or Emotional Immaturity When searching for solutions to a child’s misbehavior or emotional concerns, we have to ask whether the behavior is related to an underlying mental illness, is it a maturity issue, or both. We need to understand that emotional development occurs in stages, what disrupts the natural development process, and […]

Resiliency

Resiliency is something that is developed and learned through adversity and struggle. It is an internal process and it is unique to each individual. Resiliency is not a product that can be given through lectures, treats, lessons, etc. (external) and there are no quick answers. Just think about your own experience with learning resiliency. When […]

Is Healing Children Trauma-Informed?

People often ask if Healing Children, LLC is trauma-informed. The simple answer is yes. We have been studying the impact of trauma, attachment, and development since the 1990s, long before “trauma-informed” became a buzzword of today. We are mental health professionals who have been working in schools for more than 20 years. We recommend healthy, […]