Branch Davidian Children Case Study

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Branch Davidian Children
Most of us are aware that things that happen in early childhood may impact us throughout our lives. Some individuals seem not so affected by them, while others have a hard time recovering from the events. This is especially true when it comes to living in abusive situations. In abusive situations, everyone is impacted, but children are more prone to negatives experiences. Why is that some may wonder? The answer is simple, the human brain is a plastic organism, and because of that plasticity children are more vulnerable to the effects of trauma. The Branch Davidian children are a prime example of the harm physical, psychological, emotional, and verbal abuse may have on young kid’s brain development.
Brain development begins as early as 3 weeks after conception, with continual growth occurring as individual’s age. In the first stages of brain development neurons and connections are growing. Additionally, the frontal lobe is very active in the development of children 's perception, emotions, and their attachments to individuals. This is the point where children become aware of their beliefs and purpose in the world. These perceptions can be altered by the adults in our lives. Stage three of brain development happens between 7-22 years old. In this case, the prefrontal cortex begins to mature. The prefrontal cortex is the control center that regulates a
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Children are taking in new information as the neurons fire making more and more connections to the things around them. Because of this plasticity of the brain, it is the same reason children are more amenable to being impacted by negative experiences. The impact of physical, emotional, psychological, and verbal abuse is evident in the Branch Davidian children. Thank goodness Dr. Perry was able to offer support via therapy, compassion, and understanding to children who have endured trauma at the hands of David

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