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.

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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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