Trauma Narrative- Why do we help traumatized children tell their story?



Goals
 To unpair thoughts, triggers and reminders of the trauma from overwhelming negative emotion
 To integrate thoughts and feelings into narrative
 To unify fragments of trauma memory into integrated whole
 To correct inaccurate thoughts
 To process distortions


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


Skills
 visual narrative
 story boarding
 index card trauma timeline
 bibliotherapy
   o Please Tell (Ottenweller, 1991)




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.