As newborns, all children instinctively cry in order to have their needs met. A safe, loving mother comes to meet their needs and provide relief from hunger, discomfort, or fear. This is the beginning of attachment.
Tragically, children from neglectful homes, whose cries are ignored, often get stuck in a cycle of rage and eventually learn to stop crying, and to meet their own needs. A sad and telling example of this is the many reports of silent orphanages, where there is no crying at all. Developmental Trauma is the result of exposure to traumatic experiences in early childhood, and it affects our rescued children’s brain development in devastating ways.
Normal behavior for a healthy baby is to use their voice to cry to express needs. Typically, children who are neglected as babies will grow up raging or acting out their feelings rather than verbalizing their needs, which results in negative behavioral patterns and subsequent obstacles to healing. We believe giving a child the voice that they never had is crucial in helping them move past the trauma they have endured. You will learn exactly how to do that in Unplowed Ground.
While therapeutic parenting is the most important piece to a rescued child's healing, there are also several therapies that have been proven to be very effective in treating children with developmental trauma and compromised attachment. In Unplowed Ground, you will learn the hallmarks of trustworthy attachment therapists, as well as key benefits of other types of therapy, including neurological reorganization, neurofeedback, and occupational therapy.