Are there ever moments when you feel like your child seems to be functioning at a level younger than their physical age?
Developmental trauma is typically considered to be any adverse event prior to the age of 4. Because the brain develops sequentially, depending on when the trauma occurs, and which region of the brain was developing at that time, trauma can take on many forms: from sensory issues (either sensory seeking or sensory avoidant); behavioral issues such as defiance, fits, or destruction; or social issues, maybe they have a hard time forming and maintaining relationships even with members of their own family.
Dr. Bruce Perry, Ph.D, is the founder of the Child Trauma Academy. He is a clinical psychiatrist who developed the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and the associated metrics to assess for the impact of developmental trauma. When looking at the timeline of the child’s life, in addition to their relational health during those developmental periods, the metrics display where the child is developmentally delayed, what age they are developmentally, the level of control they have over their emotional reactivity, and offers recommended interventions that follow the sequence of brain development.
Think of developmental trauma as trying to build a pyramid with cubes and marbles. If there is even one marble in the foundation, the rest of the structure is affected. If we can go back, target that stage of development, and restructure that marble, the rest of the pieces can fall into place.
Therapy truly has the greatest impact when we are able to meet the client where they are. Due to a number of circumstances outside of the child’s control, they may not be functioning at an age typical level, but that isn’t to say they cannot make remarkable improvements. Knowing where to start is sometimes the biggest battle, but with a little understanding, there is hope for healing.
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If you need an assessment of developmental trauma completed, you have come to the right place. At Mountain Vista Psychology, we complete NMT Metrics for children and teens. We ensure a thorough evaluation is completed so you understand strengths and areas of needed support. After the assessment is complete we will review the results with you in person, answer any questions you may have, and offer recommendations for the next steps.
Here is a brief overview of our NMT Metrics:
Interview: During the interview we review the NMT packet that has been completed on the individual being assessed. Through this process we get an understanding of strengths and areas of struggle. We will discuss not only daily functioning and behaviors, but also medical concerns such as heart rate variability, skin, digestion, among other things.
Assessment of client: During this time, we will need to have a session with the client being assessed. We will look at fine and gross motor movements, listen for speech and articulation, as well as how easy or challenging it is for them to meet and engage with someone new.
Follow-up: During this time, we will discuss the results of the metric and what it means for the child, family, tools to take home, and possible future therapeutic services.
We know how challenging and confusing it can be to feel like your child is not functioning at their age level. It’s hard to see them thrive is some areas, while struggling in others. Some days are good and some are bad, and that is why we are here to help. Take the first step and call our office at 720-583-9332. You can make your appointment or we offer a 20-minute free phone consultation to discuss your needs. While we run a busy practice, we are never too busy to help you. We welcome the opportunity to chat with you.