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March 2022Vol. 23, No. 2Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children's Behavior

guide from AdoptUSKids aims to help parent group leaders support discussions between parents and caregivers about trauma and its effects. The goal of these discussions is to be able to better respond to the behaviors of children affected by trauma and their needs for attachment and healing. This guide assumes that participants have a basic understanding of trauma and its effects on child development and behavior.

The guide provides discussion leaders with direction of what to say and activities to complete across four topics:

  • Trauma and behavior
  • Cognitive impact
  • Attachment impact
  • Trauma triggers

It also includes examples of different scenarios, how they and the participants can prepare for the meetings, and additional resources. 

To learn more, explore Discussion Guide: The Impact of Trauma on Children's Behavior