As practitioners, it is essential to understand that early childhood trauma and adversity can have a devastating effect on the well-being and functioning of a young person. If we do not support them to resolve their trauma, the effects will often continue throughout life.
In this lesson, we will reflect on how hypervigilant and dissociative states present themselves and the effects they can have on the young person. We will explore how the condition is both behavioural and biological. As professionals, we need to learn the best approaches to responding to traumatised children, thus maximising the chances of better outcomes for the child and everyone around them.