Cat Ann Martin
Parenting a child with PTSD can push families to the breaking point. We are often in crisis by the time we are called by the teachers, arrive at the physician’s office, or talk with social workers and counsellors. Our families are falling apart, and we are seeking help for behaviours that we could never have predicted; we have run out of ideas as to how to manage these behaviours because they are not normal and can’t be managed by normal parenting techniques. Our families are desperate for help. As such, we want to share with all the professionals who work with families like ours, some of the issues we face, what works, and what we need from you in order to prevent the crisis and, ultimately, to help our children heal.
Learn How To . . .
In this book, parents of children with PTSD provide a collective message. We thank all the professionals who have come to our aid, and now that we can breathe and reflect, we are ready to share our insights and thoughts.
Educators will better understand that school can be a terrifying place for children with PTSD, and they often require a very different approach to learning and socialization.
Physicians will better understand that their offices are usually a parent’s first stop, and parents show up feeling overwhelmed and completely confused. Doctors play a significant role providing support, as well as helping families access the unique resources they need but often don’t know which questions to ask.
Social workers and counsellors will learn that the behaviour from a traumatized child can push even the most together family to the limits, and resources are needed for children and parents alike, often for the long term. It is essential for the parents to remain the heads of the family and to feel supported even during the most horrible of times.
Adoption agencies will learn how important it is that parents are provided with enough information to let them make an informed decision. The child proposal must be complete and accurate, and post-adoption support must be available, if not mandatory, for early identification and intervention.
Prospective adoptive and foster families will gain a better understanding of what is involved in parenting children who have experienced early childhood trauma and be better equipped from the beginning.
In These Pages You Will Uncover . . .
Parents of traumatized children have some great insights to add to the world of childhood PTSD professionals.
Hear us and help us heal our children.
- A look at how one family met the challenges of childhood PTSD
- Sometimes troubled children come from good homes.
- Perceived unsafe environments, such as school, can cause an escalation in negative behaviours, and children begin to be viewed as delinquents.
- The importance of moving quickly within the healthcare system
- Complete proposals and pre-placement documents are necessary for informed decision-making in adoptions.
- Ongoing post-adoption/placement support is essential.
- It is vital that parents maintain their leadership position for the family during the healing process.
- The supports families identify as necessary
- Families feel isolated. Reach out to others!