Empowering Families in 2018
When we begin the new year, we hope to make improvements and strides forward in the months to come. In the areas where we have seen challenges, we hope to grow. As evidence demonstrates, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) has brought about lasting and healing results for kids who’ve experienced trauma. In 2018, Project 1.27 will be offering caregiver training in this intervention to help encourage parents that they are not alone in their struggles, AND there is hope in building connection with children from hard places.
The Empowering Principle in TBRI attends to helping children experience felt safety by meeting physiological and environmental needs. We’ve all heard about eating frequent nutritious snacks and drinking plenty of water, but did you know that ensuring such a diet can reduce aggressive behaviors and emotional meltdowns? In addition to highlighting the importance of diet, the Empowering Principle also addresses the crucial roles of physical and sensory activities. Many children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect struggle with registering sensory information. Practicing different physical and sensory activities with children facilitates healing while also developing your relationship.
There is a wealth of interesting and practical information about how to care for kids who’ve experienced trauma. But you don’t have to take our word for it!
- Take a field trip to the kids section in IKEA to explore all of the items that could benefit sensory processing, such as indoor swings, tunnels to crawl around in, kid chairs that spin, etc.! While you’re there, also look for fun textures in the rug department!
- Check out the Autism Community Store at https://www.autismcommunitystore.com/ or visit the store in Denver, CO.
- Purchase a special fun water bottle for children and come up with creative ways to make sure that they’re drinking water throughout the day.
- When children come to your home or when you go to visit, avoid sugary snacks and replace with fun foods that include protein, fruits, and vegetables.
- Check out resources about sensory issues at asensorylife.com
- Watch TBRI® An Overview: Putting the Pieces Together