A Trauma Informed Parent:

  • Understands that an event does not have to be catastrophic in order to be “traumatic” and that symptoms of trauma can manifest following any highly stressful experience that causes lasting emotional or physical effects.
  • Is better equipped to help their child cope with and rise above trauma related health issues or post-traumatic stress.
  • Appreciates their children’s unique temperaments recognizing that while a divorce to one child may be a bump in the road, to another it can be devastating.
  • Knows that post-traumatic stress can mimic other issues such as ADHD, emotional outbursts, body aches, isolation, social problems and poor school performance.
  • Understands that the effects of trauma may not reveal themselves for months or even years after an event has occurred.
  • Is better equipped to communicate with and guide their child’s physicians in diagnosing and treating health issues.

Suzy DeYoung

The moderator of Trauma Informed Parent, Suzy DeYoung, holds a Masters of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Suzy created Trauma Informed Parent in an effort to offer parents and caregivers of children who have endured trauma access to resources that were largely unavailable when her son, Cary suffered a traumatic accident in 2004. Cary's story is shared here: Remembering Cary.

Suzy began her career in television production working as a segment producer for programs including, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Program and Live! Regis and Kathie Lee. Following the birth of her three children, Suzy went on to work as a pre-school teacher and parenting coach.

Following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., Suzy became involved in Newtown’s recovery efforts. Her jobs included, Community Outreach Director for The Sandy Hook Promise; Care Coordinator for The Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team; and Director and Co-Host of The Avielle Foundation’s Brainstorm Experience Speaker Series. The Brainstorm Experience was created to offer residents of Newtown – a traumatized community – a vehicle through which to engage and learn more about issues pertaining to mental/brain health. Speakers included, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Trauma), Brene Brown (Vulnerability), Jane Pauley (Bi-Polar), Dan Harris (Meditation), Andrew Solomon (Parents, Children and the Search for Identity) and, California’s Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (Trauma).

Suzy is a regular contributor to the online parenting forum, Grown & Flown, and her first book, A Gift of Hindsight: Reflections on Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned from Seasoned Parents and Parenting Experts, was published in 2019.

Presently, Suzy works as a researcher for author, Andrew Solomon.

Trauma Informed Parent was created to offer parents resources and information that were largely unavailable when her own son suffered a traumatic accident in 2004..