Impact of Trauma
Trauma is often understood as an experience of violence and victimization which can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, domestic violence and/or the witnessing of violence. It can also be subtler, resulting from bullying, shame, fear and anxiety, among others. In addition, trauma affects not only the individual directly experiencing an event, but also those who bear witnesses to it.
Children with disabilities are at greater risk of being abused than children without disabilities; children with intellectual disabilities, behavioral problems, and communication or sensory related disabilities were at greatest risk.
The neurological changes associated with trauma, particularly early traumatic events, can predispose individuals to increased distress and reactive behavior in response to real or perceived threats. These responses may be viewed as “maladaptive” or problematic and may be symptoms for which they seek treatment.
Those who have experienced trauma often suffer from long lasting effects, and are at increased risk for psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological difficulties. Methods that have historically been used in behavioral healthcare, such as restraints and seclusions, can be devastating on individuals who have experienced trauma.
But Ukeru®’s approach of Comfort vs. Control® has been proven to be far more effective. Consider that our parent organization, Grafton Integrated Health Network not only reduced the use of restraints by more than 99 percent, but also significantly increased the rate of treatment goals mastered across the organization. Learn more about this success story.