Childhood Trauma Can Disrupt Brain Development
Trauma isn't always a dramatic, life-changing event. It can also result from prolonged low-grade stress, without enough guidance or support. When kids get stressed frequently, and they don't have enough support from their caregivers, their coping strategies will be redirected away from intentional regulation and toward automatic regulation, creating a disruption in brain development.
This Can Cause an Imbalance in Regulation Strategies:
Unchecked, This Imbalance Could Result in an Entire Generation of Dysfunctional Adults Exhibiting The Following Traits:
Poor Planning Ability
Neglecting young children is neglecting the foundation of a healthy next generation. A community pays a huge price later, whether it be educational achievement, economic productivity, good citizenship, or the ability to parent the next generation.
Jack P. Shonkoff, MD
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard UniversityLearn About Emotional Neglect
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