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Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from the Children’s Bureau provides an overview of the effects of early trauma on brain development, including abusive head trauma (ABT), and how child welfare professionals can help promote healthy brain development through supportive services. It provides information about screening for developmental delays and identifying children and youth affected by trauma in their care. Next, this fact sheet looks at treatment options for trauma-affected children and youth.

Accession number
25752
Type new
Brief
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Welfare Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/braindevtrauma/

Building the Core Skills Youth Need for Life: A Guide for Education and Social Service Practitioners

Building the Core Skills Youth Need for Life: A Guide for Education and Social Service Practitioners
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University provides information for practitioners who work with adolescents about the science behind how young people develop the core skills needed for life and learning. These skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility. The guide includes five ways practitioners can help youth build these skills. It also summarizes how stress affects adolescent brain development and how to deliver services that reduce stress. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25763
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Centers website at: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/building-core-skills-yout…

Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems

Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University discusses how child welfare systems can use developmental science to better support the children, families, and communities that they serve. The Center intended this report for leaders of public child welfare agencies; private, nonprofit organizations; juvenile and family courts; and legislative committees that work on public policy related to child welfare. The first part of this report focuses on child development and how adversity, such as toxic stress, can disrupt healthy development. The second part outlines how developmental science can improve outcomes in three ways: reduce external sources of stress, develop responsive relationships, and strengthen core life skills. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25764
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Series
Science to Policy and Practice
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Centers website at: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/child-welfare-systems/