Biology of Trauma® Podcast
With Dr. Aimie Apigian
Episode 14: How To Not Traumatize Your Infant With Common Parenting Practices With Bette Lamont, Part 2
Today on Biology of Trauma, we explore the neurological repercussions of modern parenting practices in part 2 of our discussion with Bette Lamont. With the development of modern convenience, our culture has sought to make child-rearing convenient, forgetting that we are shepherding the emergence of a soul from predetermined activities that will prompt brain development. By neglecting or rushing the intuition of development, you deprive the child of the opportunity to develop integral cognitive functions and form the bonds that will help them grow into healthy and stable adults.
The needs of a child have not evolved with the development of TV, phones, baby toys, and even the modern stroller. Every baby requires intense entrainment and unencumbered tummy time to explore and learn about their world. Sensory integration dysfunction results from overwhelm experienced in early childhood when babies are not physically bonded with their mothers, leaving them defenseless against the chaos and sensory overload of the world around them.
Trauma is not any specific event but a collection of moments of overwhelm that may never be consciously registered. No trauma is permanent, and there is hope for children and adults who have succumbed to the unnatural rearing of modern parenting. You can access the developmental stage at any point in life and re-engage the neural pathways to forge emotionally healthier and grounded brain function. In this episode, we bring you the knowledge and tools to help you or your child’s lifelong neurological development.
- [3:40] How kids become disconnected from their bodies and the effects of orphanages
- [5:15] Kids lacking connection to their lower body are unable to stand, feel grounded or feel safe
- [8:05] Mid-brain neural development and sensory integration and processing
- [9:50] Physical connection is an essential part of the sensory integration of young babies
- [13:20] Tummy time and how much time babies need in this state
- [16:10] When a baby experiences anything new, they seek out eye contact from their mother
- [17:20] Early life traumas from common parenting practices
- [21:00] A baby walker puts the child in a neurologically neutral place that inhibits learning
- [23:55] The rhythm of direct physical contact and floor time for babies
- [24:50] Babies that are rushed to walk within 9 months tend to develop a learning disability
- [27:35] What you can do if you experienced overwhelm and gaps in neurodevelopment
- [28:20] The developmental process can be replicated at any age to rebuild neural connections
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