Physical Development


We’ll begin our training about Trauma Informed Care with this section on physical development. First we will be discussing typical physical development beginning with toddlers and preschoolers.  At this point children are getting stronger and more coordinated, allowing them to more independently explore their world.  We’ll then move on to the effects of trauma on physical development, including changes in growth, as well as changes in the brain as a result of trauma.  We will follow these introductory sections with suggestions to help promote physical development with traumatized toddlers and preschoolers -beginning with the use of physicality to address the effects of trauma, then thinking, relationships, and lastly, feelings.  You’ll come to understand that trauma affects all aspects of development—those that we can see on the body and those that are buried deep in the mind and brain.