Trauma and Development

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Reading and resources:

Communicating Trauma explores the various aspects of language and communication and how their development can be affected by childhood trauma and overwhelm. Multiple case-study vignettes describe how different kinds of childhood trauma can manifest in children’s ability to relate, attend, learn, and communicate. These examples offer ways to understand, respond, and support children who are communicating overwhelm. In this book, psychotherapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, educators, occupational and physical therapists, medical personnel, foster parents, adoption agencies, and other child professionals and caregivers will find information and practical direction for improving connection and behavior, reducing miscommunication, and giving a voice to what are often our most challenging children.

Professional organizations and sources of information:

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network–NCTSNET

Some child development related blog posts:



Mystery Mom

Learned Instinct

Her Whole Life in a Plastic Bag

What We see, Why We Don’t

Tom’s Secret

Day of The Girl

The Child Adversity Narratives

Stressful Situation Simulation: A resource

New Beginning: Habit and Opportunity

Trademarked Children

For The Record

Learned Instinct

A Bandaid for my Heart

What You Call a Thing

Struggles and Strategies for the Motherless and Unmothered

What PTSD Teaches Us About Human Frailty and Resilience

Outdated or misinformed? Childhood maltreatment in college textbooks

Trauma’s memory problems: a good article

Keeping Children Safe–A how to resource

On The Matter of Monsters

Risky Paths

Heartbeat of love

“He suddenly can’t talk!”

On the matter of chores …

Will she calm down when she grows up?

Finding the ability in disability

Your child hates books, now what?

When I grow up

Be a light

“All kinds of upset”

Teaching children calm

The wonder of wondering


Clapping, Singing, and Peek-a-boo

How early? For how long?

Make memories together

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