The year 2018 brought a lot of clarification for me, as well as a professional and personal upswing, as my psychological consulting focus has become increasingly clear based on the experiences of recent years. This year I was particularly impressed by a meeting with a medicine specialist in early summer and the completion of TBRI Practitioner training in Texas this summer and fall (Trust Based Relational Intervention: A therapeutic model for parents and caregivers of children with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma). I am very grateful for that.
Everyday life, but especially the upcoming holidays, can mean pure stress for children with early traumatization or disability due to alcohol exposure in the womb: Holiday itself (meaning absence of school or kindergarten), changed daily routines and routines, visits of relatives or friends, changed eating habits or different food, less movement, anticipation, excitement and impatience for Santa's arrival, unpredictability, emotional situations and overstimulation can therefore lead for example to increased or uncontrolled outbursts of anger, tantrums, meltdowns... even though parents have given their best to organize a nice Christmas day.
Do not be afraid to make your life easier and more relaxed, and therefore more open to the needs of your traumatized child: Those parents who are able to shut down their own stress can regulate themselves better, and therefore better take over emotional regulation of their impaired child - which is what these children urgently need on special days like the coming ones.
P.S.: In 2019, in addition to online psychological counseling, I will also offer diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Austria at a location in Vienna together with a team of medicine specialist and nurse. Furthermore, lectures or seminars on developmental trauma and fetal alcohol syndrome are planned, as well as effects of impaired executive functions on learning and emotions.