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.
Assessing and treating such impairments is thus a vital component of successful therapy with refugee children. In this presentation Mirjana will describe a case of an Iraqi child in which she integrated neurofeedback with psychotherapy and sand tray therapy, to facilitate the child’s recovery from refugee trauma. First she will briefly outline the rationale for this multimodal approach, and then she will discuss the treatment process as it actually happened.