Sometimes children and adults experience situations in life that are categorized as trauma. Trauma can be described as one isolated event or an ongoing situation that is emotionally distressing and that is outside the usual experiences in life. The person may experience fear, terror, or helplessness. Trauma can be brought on by many different events. Some of those events include the following:
• Separation from, or loss of, caregiver or loved one
• Medical and surgical procedures; intensive care hospitalization
• Multiple living situations early in life
• Natural disasters
• Neglect or abuse
• Violence or witnessing violence
Individuals with trauma histories may be more likely to experience certain types of sensory processing difficulties. These difficulties may include a hyper-sensitivity to touch, sound, sights, smells, or movements, being easily overloaded by environmental stimulation, and/or difficulty regulating emotions. For children there may also be problems with body awareness and coordination.
At Occupational Therapy Connections we have extensive experience and training providing trauma-sensitive sensory-based treatment to assist with these types of symptoms. Treatment provided by Occupational Therapy Connections is complimentary to other services such as counseling and medical treatment, and we are skilled in collaborating with both the families and other service providers.
If you are interested in learning more about the services available at Occupational Therapy Connections or if you have questions, please call us at (317) 581-1185.