A trauma-informed approach supports health and development in children and youth with spina bifida

Veronica Meneses, Natalie Cruz

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Abstract

Children with developmental disabilities may be at greater risk for experiencing maltreatment and traumatic events, threats to their physical and psychological safety and well-being. Young children and youth with spina bifida benefit from being considered in light of this risk, and may be especially vulnerable given the complexity of their neurodevelopmental condition. A trauma-informed approach brings together evidence from the neurosciences, epidemiology and psychology to promote improved developmental, behavioral, physical and mental health status. Incorporating a trauma-informed approach strengthens a longitudinal, interdisciplinary and developmentally-oriented care model for children and youth with spina bifida. A case example further illustrates how using a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based interventions can foster the development and well-being of youth with spina bifida who have been impacted by a traumatic event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume10
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Children
  • Disabilities
  • Evidence-based
  • Maltreatment
  • Medical trauma
  • Risks
  • Spina bifida
  • Trauma
  • Trauma-informed approach
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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