Children who have been exposed to trauma often struggle with challenging behaviors, but also typically have many assets, including high intelligence, creativity, and idealism. Thedy Veliz, MBA, MA, LMFT will help you find your child’s unique assets (even in the midst of hard behavior!). Being able to identify, support, and encourage your child’s strengths will result in less frustration for both your child and you. This leads to a more positive parent-child dynamic and improves the health of the entire family system.
Some children are genetically resilient while others are deemed more sensitive. Recent research findings suggest that these sensitive children at times referred to as orchid, hyperactive, indigo, explosive, strong-willed, spirited, intense, etc., are highly responsive to their environment due to their highly sensitive nervous system. Thus, they thrive in certain environments and have a tendency to self-destruct in others. Unfortunately, since these sensitive children make up 15-20% of the population, our caregiving (e.g., parenting, education, counseling) approaches are not designed for them. Instead, they actually work against them which in a way sets them up to fail. This societal dynamic results in these sensitive children being labeled with the 8 Ds: defiant, deviant, delayed, disabled, disordered, disrespectful, delinquent, and disobedient.
Thedy Veliz, MBA, MA, LMFT works with sensitive children of all backgrounds and has developed a therapeutic approach that primarily depends on coaching caregivers to utilize interventions that take into account these children’s sensitive nervous system. This approach is informed by diverse fields including attachment theory, developmental neurobiology, genetics, evolutionary science, and the science of the individual – a conceptualization of the science of learning that expands on how sensitive children are at a disadvantage in traditional educational systems due to the difference in the way they take in the world, process information, react to stimuli, remember past experiences, learn, make meaning, and develop adaptive defensive behaviors to survive in an environment in which they don’t feel safe and understood.
Thus, instead of trying to fix what is not working, Veliz encourages and guides caregivers to help the child expand on what is working – which is usually related to the child’s unique abilities (i.e., their so-called Ferrari Brain).
The format for this training will be designed with a short introduction and presentation with a majority of the time for caregivers to ask questions pertaining to the challenges their children are currently experiencing. Specific Relational and Developmental Neurogenomics informed interventions will be provided along with the research, theoretical, and clinical background to support such interventions.
Please register in advance through Zoom for this training:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting.
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