ANNUAL REPORT 2015 8 a child’s nightmare... What is Trauma? WOODBOURNE CENTER YOUTH AND FAMILY SOLUTIONS Giving Youth New Tools A FAMILY MEMBER Focused activities can help address concentration issues that arise from trauma. At Woodbourne Center, Social Studies Teacher Mark Nostrant set up a chess club, and students enjoy the strategy and competition of the game. But, more importantly, students are showing a marked improvement in social relationships and a growth in logical and critical thinking, as well as focus and self-calming. Broken Trust. Broken Dreams: The Impact of Trauma Traumatic childhood experiences have been linked to issues that can negatively impact an entire life: • Emotional problems • Behavioral problems • Poor socialization • Risky behaviors • Substance abuse • Homelessness • Unemployment • Criminal behavior, and • Long-term mental health issues.2 Addressing trauma early can positively change the arc of a child’s life. Prevalence of Trauma • Trauma includes abuse and neglect, exposure to domestic violence, experiencing the vio-lent death of a loved one, and community violence. • Approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of all youth in the general popula-tion have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.7 • Nearly 90% of youth in foster care have experienced trauma3. • Older youth in out-of-home placement have often experi-enced more trauma. Every 47 seconds, a child is abused or neglected.1 Often, that abuse comes at the hand of a close family member.
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