Therapeutic Foster Care

Connect B4 Correct help foster and/or adoptive parents understand that early adverse childhood experiences are imprinted in the brain as unnarrated sensations. But if in the “Bath Cluster” (see our blog post) is also THREAT, then when i.e., the sound of the water running is heard, the child or young person’s brain will trigger the chemical reactions to prepare for imminent danger (Perry, 2006). The child or young person becomes overwhelmed with the sensations of distress and terror. There are no words, just terrifying sensations. In this state of terror, a child or young person may hide, run, avoid, or simply disappear into themselves. Not ‘naughty’, but simply terrified. Connect B4 Correct work with foster and adopted parents to make sense of the non sensical and, in turn help the child or young person make sense, find the words, of these unnarrated emotional and physical reactions.

Perry, B., (2006), Applying Principles of Neurodevelopment to Clinical Work with Maltreated and Traumatized Children: The Neuro Sequential Model of Therapeutics. In N.B. Webb (Ed.), Working with Traumatized youth in child welfare (pp. 27-52). The Guildford Press.


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