“Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends.
A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others.”
The referenced report was shared with me by my good friend, Byron, who is also a child advocate. His work with Sharecare is often a great resource in my own research and is an excellent reference for parents, teachers, and mentors.
Too many children are caught in the middle in early life when there is violence in the home caused by the symptoms connected with family circumstances of post-trauma stress; including, alcohol, drugs, crime, domestic violence, and poverty, lack of education, developmentally delayed parents, and overall chaos in the home or neighborhood. Some homes are just plain scary, causing kids to retreat and become silent at home and school. These are the kids we need to help the most before they reach age 6 or 7, when at that time the challenge of changing brain development becomes a longer term retrofit process and treatment regimen.
Please take a closer look at the referenced Sharecare News article. Think about the children in your life who are just starting school for the first time. Pre-school and kindergarten can be an opportunity to help kids who have experienced traumatic events at a young age, if we know what to look for. As trauma informed adults we can make a big difference in helping youngsters get a positive kick-start on the first day of school.
The Road Back… The following is a quote from an article on the Research\Articles page of this website. The article, written by Byron Lewis, was first published on my blog as a three-part series: Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories: A New Treatment for PTSD…
“This article is presented in three parts. The first describes research into underlying mechanisms of the brain that result in the formation of the disorder. The second introduces the basis for a unique state-of-the-art treatment based on that research. The third part demonstrates how the technique is applied. Throughout these articles certain words are highlighted with links to additional information if you want to read more.”
The Neurolinguistic Programming Research and Recognition Project (NLP R & R) has recently launched its Facebook page. The current focus is “The Road Back” from PTSD, a treatment research pilot program currently underway in Middletown, NY. The Road Back page has links to articles, resources and videos of the procedure in action as well as short narratives like the one below:
“I am a veteran Marine Officer who was combat decorated in Viet Nam. I have been on meds for decades, but the side-effects have sometimes been very difficult to deal with. My time with VA outpatient clinic was very helpful but never resolved the nightmares, sleep disorder and “combat guilt which the RTM Protocol resolved in two days. Doctor Bourke and his team, in my opinion, have a treatment and counseling methodology which complements the VA approach WITHOUT the ‘meds’.”
Click the following link to join us in exploring this promising short term and cost effective treatment option for those who suffer from symptoms of PTSD:
Byron Lewis and I have been close friends for over 8 years and learned of our mutual interest in PTSD treatment strategies over 3 years ago when starting research for my first non-fiction book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story. Byron assisted me in the research by pointing to a treatment strategy currently gaining popularity in the U.S., NLP…”Neurolinguistic Programming.” Byron Lewis authored his own book, Magic of NLP Demystified and wrote a three-part series (part 1) guest articles on my blog… If you like what you read, click links for part 2 and part 3. Byron also wrote an introduction in my book connecting my own transformational writing therapy to his experience with NLP, “Language is a remarkably powerful instrument for affecting personal change…”
Connecting the dots of my writing therapy and new perceptions to NLP did not resonate with me at first. We can now talk about emotional challenges connected with life after trauma as a journey of healing. Healing is driven by proactive engagement with others and making a difference as a healthy and wholesome way to keep the pain of past trauma at a safe distance. We can even change the brain chemistry back to a happy place most of the time if we stay engaged, aware, and connected with ourselves. Stay tuned for more detailed posts on the subject of NLP research from guest blogger, Byron Lewis.