Kids who have had trauma before the age of 5 experience changes to their prefrontal cortex. When abuse happens, or when a child’s cries for nurturing are not met, a stress hormone called Cortisol is released. Cortisol is called the toxic stress hormone. Continual release of Cortisol in young kid’s brains diminishes the function and the size of the pre- frontal cortex. What does the prefrontal cortex do? The prefrontal cortex is responsible for many abstract functions like: helping us to regulate emotion, recognizing and responding to social cues, interpreting facial expressions and understanding how others feel. We know that children who are diagnosed with unresolved childhood trauma have difficulty controlling their emotions, interacting in a meaningful way in social situations, and understanding how their behavior affects others. The good news is that with careful assessment, treatment planning, perseverance, a supportive family and interventions designed to improve brain functioning……. children can learn the skills they need to get along effectively in the world.
‘The mind is a terrible thing to waste’….at Inspiring Change, LLC we believe that change can be nurtured in everyone. Our treatment team is available to your family and your child to learn the skills that they need to get along in the world. Check out the rest of this web site to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please feel free to contact us for a consult through ask an expert.