Articles – Children & Parenting

A number of new articles have been added to this site that focuses on emotional or psychological trauma rooted in early life experience. The newer, as well as older materials focus on somatic experience and relationship as the means of bringing about neurological repair and healing. Featured are leading authorities in the field of psychological or emotional trauma whose emphasis is on changing the brain. These papers focus on identifying, preventing and healing emotional trauma in children and adults.

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Daniel Siegel, MD – Professional Interview
This web article by Daniel Siegel, for both lay and professional audiences, breaks down and details the kinds of personal and interpersonal experience that results in successful or unsuccessful attachment bonds.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Biological Relativity: Time and the Developing Child
A gripping expiation of why it is so important to deliberately engage the developing brain of an infant and young child.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – The Developmental Hot Zone
A vivid description of how the how the brain learns and changes by absorbing information.

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. – Self-Regulation: The Second Core Strength
How adults play a pivotal role in helping children self regulate.

Constance M. Lillas, Lester Langer, Monica Drinane – Forced Separations and
Forced Reunions in the Foster Care System

Gabor Mate MD from his book Scattered Minds This is a commercial site that contains a clear, detailed and well written account of the experience of developmental trauma and its lifelong multigenerational influence. Excellent material for the non-professional as well as professional reader.
This excellent website offers information on attachment and disrupted attachment for families who have adopted traumatized children -especially those from foreign countries.

Marcy Axness, Ph.D. – What is “The Primal Wound” – Understanding the Trauma of Mother-Newborn Separation
Focuses on trauma from the perspective of adoption