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A child's development during the first three years of a child's life sets the stage for the rest of a child's life.  The session discusses what toxic stress is and how the various forms of toxic stress (e.g., neglect, parental addictions, domestic violence, abuse, etc) impact on the young child’s developing brain in the areas of language, emotional and behavioral regulation, attention/executive function, sleep, learning, etc, grounded in the significance of the attachment relationship.

This session is an intensive that will take a more indepth look at the impact of toxic stress and trauma on development.  Participants will learn about the types of developmental delay that young children may experience including but not limited to their social emotional development, sensory development and brain development.  The second half of the intensive will expose participants to ways they can intervene to help children exposed to early childhood trauma.  Attendees are advised to have received some prior training regaring children exposed to trauma.