De-Escalation Techniques for Parents of Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma

How does trauma play into behavior and what can parents do to help? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Cameka Hart, Therapeutic Family Specialist at Buckner Children and Family Services, and Jennifer McCallum, Lead Post Adoption Counselor for Buckner Children and Family Services.

Hit the Highlights
  • Core principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) for parenting kids who have been abused and neglected
  • How to prevent the child from getting out of control?
  • What to do in the midst of a tantrum.
  • Anticipating what sets the child off. Hunger, stress, triggered memory, feeling out of control or threatened, transitions.
  • Transitions are hard for some kids.
  • The power allowing the child to re-do.
  • Different forms that a re-do can take.
  • Having children repair the harm they have caused.
  • Helping the child express their needs.
  • Helping a child regulate.
  • Brainstorm solutions.
  • Importance of playful interactions.
  • Importance of routines.
  • Importance of self-care for foster and adoptive parents.
  • How to cope with a child who is escalating and throwing a tantrum in public?
  • How to ground yourself in the midst of trying to cope with a tantrum.

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