Sep 28 2017
By Ashika Sethi
Every child deserves a sense of stability in a tumultuous environment. For Leila, a 7-year-old child who had experienced trauma growing up, stability was imperative.
Leila had trouble completing small tasks on a daily basis and frequently threw fits when she didn’t feel in control of her situation. She was placed in a rigid foster home, where healthy touch (like high fives and a pat on the back) and tender care wasn’t the norm. After realizing Leila’s situation, the CASA volunteer on Leila’s case was advised to attend one of CASA’s Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training sessions and learned how to interact with Leila to help her feel more comfortable. From the training, the volunteer began to implement tactics to help Leila such as planning out her daily schedule when they would meet, and positive talk when Leila had accidents. CASA worked with the foster placement to help them become more trauma-informed and advocated for a trauma-informed therapist as well. These interventions helped Leila tremendously with coping with her surroundings.
According to the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, who created these therapeutic methods, Trust-Based Relational Intervention is an “attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.”
A child who has experienced trauma can express behaviors that may seem perplexing. Many children who have experienced trauma have come to depend on unconventional coping mechanisms from their pasts in order to get their most basic needs met. Even when a child is in a safe environment where they can have all of their basic needs easily met, these previously successful coping mechanisms can still manifest in a multitude of scenarios.
For many of the children we serve, the comfort of being able to visualize their weekly schedules instills a sense of assurance and lowers anxiety. By giving a child an interactive weekly or monthly calendar, they are able to feel more aware of and in control of their lives.
Here’s a simple tutorial on how to make an interactive calendar*:
*This calendar was made for a young child not of school age. Calendars can be made more detailed for older children who have more activities by adding time blocks to the left side of the weekday day boxes and by making the activity cards smaller to accommodate.
January 2019 December 2018 November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014