Psycho-education- Why do we provide psychoeducation to children who have been traumatized?



Goals
 To normalize responses to trauma
 To reinforce accurate cognitions


Challenges

Children with developmental disabilities have:

 poor comprehension and retention
 decreased capacity for generalization- black and white thinkers
 fixations or special interests
 limited attention spans



Skills
 use visuals to illustrate concepts and aid in communication
 use favorite characters, cartoons, puppets, figurines, sand play, and dollhouses to create stories and metaphor
 use active play and games to engage and maintain attention
o What Do You Know Game? (CARES Institute, 2006)
 Bibliotherapy
o A Terrible Thing Happened (Holmes & Mudlaff, 2000)



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.