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.

For an excellent overview on early childhood trauma and what people can do to help, watch Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Suzy DeYoung

The moderator of Trauma Informed Parent, Suzy Hayman 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 and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) 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 for a variety of programs including Ryan's Hope, 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 an early childhood teacher and also as a parenting coach.

Following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., Suzy became involved in Newtown’s recovery efforts. Suzy served as Community Outreach Director for The Sandy Hook Promise; Care Coordinator for The Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team; Founder and Director of the annual Newtown Yoga Festival and Director and Co-Host of The Avielle Foundation’s Brainstorm Experience: a monthly speaker series focused on mental health issues.

The Brainstorm Experience Speaker Series was created to offer residents of Newtown and Sandy Hook, CT. a vehicle through which to engage and learn more about issues pertaining to mental/brain health. Guest speakers included, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (“The Body Keeps the Score''), Brene Brown, Jane Pauley (Living with Bi-Polar), Dan Harris (Meditation), Andrew Solomon (''Far From the Tree''), Ta-Nehisi Coates (''Between the World and Me”) and California’s former surgeon general, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

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 bestselling 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..