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Multimodal approach in treating the impact of trauma on refugee children.

Mirjana Askovic

Most of us can take for granted the effortless capacity to integrate what we see, hear and feel into a coherent stream of conciousness. But when traumatic experiences and environments impair the development of a child’s basic cognitive processes, higher-level capacities are also compromised, undermining their ability to deal with academic, social and emotional challenges. Children growing up in the context of refugee trauma are often deprived of conditions required for healthy brain development. Impaired development of basic cognitive processes may frustrate efforts to remedy higher-level problems, if untreated.  

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
12 June 2013, New South Wales, Australia.
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Mirjana Askovic

Mirjana Askovic is a psychologist and BCIA qualified neurofeedback practitioner who uses an integrated, brain-based approach to psychotherapy. Mirjana trained in developmental psychology and neuropsychological diagnostics at postgraduate level at the University of Belgrade, and developed a nationally endorsed program remediating visual and fine-motor skills in pre-school children, before escaping Serbia with her family and emigrating to Australia in 2000. Since then she has been working with adult and child refugee trauma survivors at STARTTS in south-western Sydney. In 2007, Mirjana was given the responsibility of establishing the STARTTS Neurofeedback Clinic to help people with chronic, complex PTSD learn to regulate their physiological state in support of their emotional, cognitive, and social rehabilitation. She is also involved in a research study examining the role of abnormal brain activity in refugee trauma symptoms.

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