The Baffling Behavior Show {Parenting after Trauma} podcast

Ep. 160: When your Child won't Talk about their Watchdog and Possum Brain

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Does your child yell, scream, or otherwise refuse to talk about their owl, watchdog, or possum brain?

They tell you it’s stupid or tell you to stop talking or get extra silly or just don’t talk?

I hear this from a LOT of parents (and I experienced it a lot in the play therapy room).

This doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for your child. Promise.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The developmental milestones needed before a child can identify or talk about their owl, watchdog, or possum brain
  • How we can use our kids’ behavior as cues/clues to let us know something about their brain development and what interventions are appropriate (clinical reasoning)
  • The role of distress tolerance
  • Steps to take to scaffold your child in developing self-reflection and mindsight, as well as decrease shame around their behavior

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