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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