Cognitive Coping- Why do we teach cognitive coping skills to traumatized children?



Goals
 To learn cognitive coping skills

 To acknowledge and share internal dialogue
 To understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors



Challenges
Children with developmental disabilities may have difficulty with:
 abstract thinking
 critical thinking
 sequencing events
 prioritizing
 task breakdown
 ambiguity



Skills
 cognitive triangle baseball
 Bubble People
 bibliotherapy
   o The Little Engine That Could (Piper, 1990)




Grosso, C. (2012) Children with developmental disabilities. In J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, E. Deblinger (Eds.), Trauma focused cbt for children and adolescents (pp. 149-174). NY: Guildford.