Presenters: Monica G. Osgood; Karen McDowell and Joshua Kitts
This longitudinal case presentation is continued with the careful examination of how this youth, now under conditions of safety in his new school setting, was able to mature developmentally in all arenas. We will organize his growth according to his socioemotional milestones. Within that rubric, we looks at his motor development across all arenas, including his speech and language maturation which evolved into cause/effect thinking and self-reflection. The Director and a Speech and Language Therapist present their longitudinal work with him. This young man has come full circle and now volunteers his time to help other youth who struggle with their aggressive behaviors. We are grateful that he is present with us at the conference to share his reflections on his life’s journey thus far. The cyclical aspects of revisiting safety and threat during different developmental bursts across the lifecycle are integrated in his presentation.
Panel Discussion Moderator: Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN with Anne Donnellan, PhD; Monica G. Osgood; Karen McDowell; Stephen W. Porges, PhD; Cindy Harrison, MSc Reg CASLPO; Joshua Kitts; Natalie Kitts, MS, OTR
This panel brings together the presenters of the day to discuss the various components of safety vs. threat and binary views of intentional behavior. By moving away from conditions of threat and misattributions of movement allowed this youth’s individual needs and gifts to be optimized. We were privileged to have this young man and his mother bring to us their personal experiences of being misunderstood, and how these were transformed into positive connections.