Parents Guide to Developmental Trauma



If you are a parent or caregiver dealing with an adolescent with developmental trauma disorder, it is important to examine your adolescent’s earlier life experiences to understand the root of their problems.

If your adolescent experienced developmental trauma or abuse in their earlier life, they may fall under a diagnosis known as Developmental Trauma Disorder. Developmental trauma disorder is a new diagnostic category that encapsulates traditional diagnoses of complex trauma, conduct disorders and reactive attachment disorder. Developmental trauma disorder focuses more on the underlying trauma in the adolescent’s history. Developmental trauma is often accompanied by repeated traumatic events and chronic trauma.

Negative Effects on Cognitive Development

Repeated instances of developmental trauma such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect during a child’s early life can cause negative effects on cognitive development, neurological development, and psychological development as well as attachment development. Developmental Trauma Disorder can also be linked to Reactive Attachment Disorder, a condition where a child is unable to create and sustain healthy relationships and make good life choices because they were unable to establish an early life bond with a parent or caregiver. Development trauma can also result in learning disabilities and extreme behavioral problems. The stress from the developmental trauma can cause a child to retreat into themselves and be distrustful of others, even loving parents and well-meaning caregivers.

Help Them Confront and Deal with the Early Life Trauma

Residential treatment centers can teach adolescents with developmental trauma disorder how to confront and deal with the early life trauma they experienced. Many therapies for developmental trauma disorder and attachment disorders include some level of behavioral modification. Effective treatment models for Developmental Trauma Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorders help adolescents make an internal change that will, in turn, create positive behavioral changes as opposed to creating the behavioral changes directly. The more control an adolescent has over their symptoms, the better they will be able to function.

There is Hope

It may be difficult to believe now, but we have seen, time and time again, a teen recover from their early childhood trauma and thrive. When your child is in a Calo residential treatment program, a carefully chosen, dedicated, experienced team of therapists are caring for and working with him or her. Our methodology involves working directly with the teen to help them determine, on their own, that change is up to them, and the right choices can help to turn their lives around. Call 877-879-2256 for help in determining which Calo program can best help your teen.

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