Sean Larsen introduces the background information for this series of talks. This introduction includes a brief overview of the outline which covers points about the popularity of brain research, arousal and informed response care and attachment theory.
This 9 part series provides both a theoretical understanding of brain development and behaviour and practical strategies to help support children though emotional arousal and crisis. Sean Larsen is a Child and Youth Mental Health therapist with the Ministry of Children and family Development and PhD candidate who shares his knowledge, insights and experiences in an engaging and informative way. This video series will be beneficial for all people working with children, and particularly informative to those working with children who have experienced trauma and have difficulty with emotional self-regulation.
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Sean Larsen describes the connection between shifting behaviours and how the brain works. Key Concepts: The difference between growth and organization The 3 regions of the brain and their influence on behaviour: Cortex Limbic Brainstem
Sean Larsen discusses the active limbic system in children and the potential effect on behaviours. Key concepts include: Emotional development in children Laying important foundations for future emotional capacity The rapid development children’s brains.
Sean Larsen discusses the difference between emotions and arousal. Key Concepts: Emotions influence the direction of energy in the body Arousal influences the vigour and persistence If we just talk about emotions then we are missing a key piece
Sean Larsen discusses the influence of these factors on child development: Personality Timing Innate biological factors
Two Languages: Holding in Crisis; Growing in Calm – Part 7: Adverse Childhood Experiences Sean Larsen discusses the Adverse Childhood Experience Study which examines early adverse childhood experiences and the connection with health outcomes as an adult.
Sean Larsen discusses the strategies of AIR (Arousal, Informed, Response) CARE. Key Concepts include: Being reflective about the arousal level of the child Providing developmental opportunities that are congruent with emotional and arousal states
Sean Larsen discusses the PACE Model based on Daniel Hughes’ book, Building the Bonds of Attachment. Playfulness Acceptance Curiosity Empathy