Trauma Informed Care
Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” A trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that healthcare organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective healthcare services with a healing orientation.
Adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes, as well as provider and staff wellness. It can also help reduce avoidable care and excess costs for both the healthcare and social service sectors.
Our approach to Trauma Informed Care
overlaps with neurodiversity affirming care. We believe that teaching self-advocacy skills and honoring bodily autonomy not only protects a child from being retraumatized, but also encourages self-confidence and promotes personal safety. We do not believe in compliance-based teaching and stand firmly in the idea that compliance-based instruction is harmful. We strive to teach children how to function to the best of their ability, to reach their potential, and to have access to their environment in the least restrictive and most inclusive way possible.
A Trauma Informed Approach to ABA Seeks to:
Realize the massive impact that trauma can have on a child's life
Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma
Actively avoid re-traumatization
Be sensitive to emotional responses
Design programming in a way that avoids potential triggers
Create an atmosphere of emotional safety and connection
Honor client assent
Allow choice whenever possible
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