Trauma Informed Care at Alexander Youth Network
The Alexander Model of Care delivers custom treatment plans for children affected by trauma
Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma.
Traumatic events can affect families, too. Parents and/or guardians and siblings can feel the effects of traumatic experiences.
Meet Samuel: Paving a path to recovery and lasting success
Samuel was seven years old with a long history of trauma when he came to our residential treatment campus. He was quiet but prone to aggressive outbursts and tantrums. He had a hard time making friends and was doing poorly at school.
Our clinicians performed a thorough assessment. Then they prescribed specific activities to heal the parts of his brain affected by trauma. In Samuel’s case, it was playing catch, riding bikes, drumming and swimming. These big-muscle, repetitive activities were therapeutic and based on the science behind The Alexander Approach.
We understand kids like Samuel. The Alexander Approach gets to the bottom of their issues. Our model of care gives them the love and therapy they need to heal, and sets them on a path to recovery and lasting success.
Trauma can shatter a child’s sense of security and disrupt healthy brain development
Children who have experienced trauma or who live in stress-inducing environments often have difficulty accessing the part of their brain that controls reasoning and logic. Under stress, they may become aggressive, argumentative, or impulsive.
Alexander Youth Network uses the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in our trauma care. This model was developed by internationally-regarded neuroscience expert Dr. Bruce Perry. NMT integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform our work with children, families and the communities in which they live.
Our approach to trauma informed care helps children build new pathways around the roadblocks in their brain. Children complete a comprehensive brain metric to allow clinicians learn more about:
- a child’s medical, family, and social history
- past and present experiences
- growth and development
- presenting problems and previous treatment plans
Results from the comprehensive brain metric are combined with NMT metrics to identify developmental delays due to trauma. Our trauma care experts then use this information to create a custom treatment plan for each child.
Our model provides the highest level of personalization and intervention for children who have experienced trauma.
Relational, relevant and rewarding, with lasting results
Therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities are tailored to the needs and strengths of the individual.
While treatment activities may look and feel like play, they are purposeful and effective. Children gain the tools to control their impulses, emotions and thoughts and maintain healthy relationships through treatment such as:
- Therapeutic drumming to lower stress
- Swimming to reduce depression
- Yoga to teach self-regulation
- Pottery to allow for creative expression
- Pet therapy to help children build relationships and develop empathy
Through the Alexander Model of Care, the child is the center of the therapeutic process.
Alexander offers a variety of therapeutic services and programs to support a child’s treatment plan. Our comprehensive model includes psychiatric residential therapy, day treatment programs, out-patient services, intensive in-home therapies and more.