Philosophy of Care
PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
Creating an environment in which a child with Developmental Trauma Disorder feels safe is the first step to building trust. In our respite program, we work with your child to create an environment in which your child feels safe and learns healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with fear and anger.
As the program progresses, we meet with parents during Parent Coaching Sessions to update them on their child’s progress and teach them methods for cultivating a trust-based relationship with their child. We slowly begin transferring the skills learned by the child and the parents into the home environment with short home visits. These visits increase in length as child and parents learn how to apply their new skills and cultivate healthy attachments. By the end of the process, both child and parents have become comfortable using the skills they learned in the program in the home environment.
An important part of our philosophy of care is the idea that you and your child shouldn’t just get along, but that you should also enjoy each other’s company! Having fun with your child may only come in short bursts at first, but as we work with your child to help him/her realize that they are worthwhile and that they have an important voice to be heard, they will develop more self-confidence, allowing themselves to have the fun and healthy attachments that they deserve.
Because a large number of children with early childhood trauma have sensory processing issues, we incorporate art, movement, and other methods of sensory integration in activities that you can reproduce at home.