Children with a history of trauma often have difficulty regulating their arousal or energy levels. Typically, they either are over-aroused and anxious; or under-aroused, which can present as withdrawn behavior. Frequently, those with high energy and who are over-aroused are given diagnoses of ADHD, when in fact these symptoms may be the result of trauma.
Offered by the Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne's Hospital, "Stop, Slow, Go" is designed for boys and girls ages 8-12 with a history of trauma and their parents/caregivers. It provides tools and tips for managing strong feelings in healthy ways through fun and calming sensory-based activities.
There is no charge for this program, but advance enrollment is required. To enroll or learn more, contact Stephanie Sturdahl, MSW, LICSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2281.
The Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital is a MOVA-funded collaboration with The May Institute. Funding for this program is partially supported by MOVA through the 1984 VOCA grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.