Applicable To: Groups or Individuals
CAPPD Concepts: Attuned, present
What It Is: Use simple, short stories with large words and pictures. Ask children questions about the story as you go along (How do you think the boy feels? What happened at the beginning of the story? What happened in the middle? What do you think will happen next? Have you ever done anything like this? etc)
Why It Helps:Children who have experienced trauma operate in their midbrain, the emotional and sensory part of the brain. They often have difficulty organizing and expressing themselves. This activity will increase their literacy skills, narrative cohesion, and sequencing skills and promote the development of their neocortex. It will also help them achieve a sense of accomplishment and engagement with others.