You may already know what many don’t about trauma. That is, trauma impacts the brain. And that changes everything for kids battling its effects—from the way they experience life to how clinicians can help them.
Kids with reactive attachment disorder can’t just “get over it” or “outgrow it” like a developmental stage (despite what too many people believe). Their brains are stuck in survival mode, no matter how safe their surroundings. Life feels scary and their brains feel chaotic. They often create havoc outside to match how their brains feel inside.
Here at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development (IACD), we’re always looking for more ways to help calm children’s brains. Because when their brains are calm, they can focus on the work they need to do to heal. We do that in many ways—from our calm therapeutic treatment homes to neurofeedback sessions. Our Neurotherapist Shelli Myles has also recently introduced the Bio-Acoustical Utilization Device (BAUD) to compliment neurofeedback and bring even more calm to kids here at IACD. The BAUD is a form of audio therapy, also referred to as Reconsolidation Enhancement by Stimulation of Emotional Triggers (RESET) Therapy. Psychologist Frank Lawlis created the handheld device with headset in 2003 to treat attention deficit disorders (ADD). He met that goal and then some.
Learn more about BAUD and neurofeedback interventions in our 5-min. interview below.
The BAUD is doing so much more than treating ADD these days. Therapists help patients overcome a variety of other ailments including anxiety, depression, and post-trauatic stress disorder. “What happens is when the brain has been traumatized, it’s holding that in the short-term memory. The short-term memory is being triggered by things around them so the brain just keeps reliving the trauma,” said Shelli. “[The BAUD] gets rid of the pathways where your brain automatically goes there everytime. They don’t forget their trauma memories. Rather, those memories are in long-term storage where they should be instead of getting triggered daily.”
And we’re seeing those promising changes here at IACD. Since we’ve added neurofeedback and the BAUD to our program in January, “kids seem to be calmer quicker and they’re going home feeling more regulated. I don’t know whether that’s medicine, the [IACD] millieu, the therapy, or neurofeedback,” said IACD Executive Director Forrest Lien, “but I think that putting all pieces together gives kids the best chance to regulate and get beyond their trauma damage.” When all of these pieces fall into place, kids have much greater chances to stay in their forever families, forever.