An Interview with Deborah Gray MPA, LICSW

By Jayne Schooler

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              Do you know children who seek inappropriate hugs?

Do you know children who cannot respect personal space?

Do you know children who always crowd in close while sitting?

All too common a problem – touch hunger demonstrated by children and teens who have experienced early childhood trauma and neglect. Children and teens living in institutional settings, children’s home, orphanages, or have grown up within an unsafe and neglectful home often demonstrate this indiscriminate behavior. Understanding the “whys” of touch hunger is just one part of the equation. Knowing how to help a child or teen move into more appropriate social and emotional behavior is the 2nd part of that equation.  To read the rest of this article, click here

 

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