One of the fastest-evolving areas of promising interventions for traumatized/attachment-disordered children in the area of neuroscience approaches. These approaches are based on the premise of brain plasticity; that is, the research that shows the brain is able to continue growing, changing and developing throughout a person’s life. These approaches target the brain’s chemical, electrical and structural by repetitive activities designed to affect a change.
Research is being done on these interventions, as they show promise for many disabilities. Many practitioners combine sensory integration work with nutritional/dietary changes and movement therapies. When looking for professionals in these interventions, it is especially important to ask the practitioner’s experience with traumatized/attachment-disordered children. While the practitioner may be an expert at the specific intervention, unless they have a basic understanding of how trauma and attachment problems present themselves, or how this intervention can help our children’s specific needs, the intervention is likely to be less effective, and your family’s working relationship with this practitioner may be problematic.
While this does not encompass all of the neuroscience approaches our members have found beneficial for their children, our website offers more information on the following approaches:
Interpersonal Neurobiology (Siegel)
Sensory Integration Therapies