When a child experiences trauma, it’s never a one-time event, but something that is relived over and over again. When children need to recount their trauma for investigators or during a criminal court proceeding, the weight of the memory can be paralyzing.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre’s team provides support services for young people who need to recount past traumatic events. Over years of working with youth through this process, they’ve found positive ways to counteract the paralyzing weight of a bad memory. Sensory items like weighted blankets, bean bags and grip strengtheners, can offer the relief needed to make it through questioning. The pressure from such tools has been proven to help ground youth when painfully overstimulated.