I am so excited to share this exciting new resource with you! The Brain Game is a new psycho-educational, 20-minute video, It’s designed to teach children about how trauma may have impacted their brain and what they can do about it. It was created by Family Futures, an adoption support agency based in London.
The Brain Game is designed around video game imagery and vernacular children are familiar and comfortable with. This is effective because each “level” is first played on easy mode. This sets the stage for what healthy and normal is. Then the level is replayed on hard mode and kids learn how trauma can make things more difficult for them.
Here’s the introduction to The Brain Game which will give you a good idea of the look, feel, and accessibility for children.
Here’s a sneak peek at the other 4 levels of The Brain Game.
Why do I like The Brain Game?
- It reinforces the idea that children cannot control the trauma they’ve gone through.
- It acknowledges the unfortunate reality that kids may be stuck playing life on hard mode.
- It offers hope by showing how kids can help themselves change and live happier lives.
How you can use this resource
Parents – The Brain Game is a wonderful way to help children who have experienced trauma understand what’s going on with their mind and body. It’s also a valuable tool for siblings to foster an empathetic and supportive family environment.
Groups – The Brain Game can be watched with small groups of children and used for discussion. And don’t overlook it’s value for adults either. Trauma is a complicated and emotionally charged topic and many adults will learn from this video.
Therapists – The Brain Game is an excellent tool for therapists to use with children who have experienced trauma. It will be an effective discussion starter and a good way to get parents and children on the same page.
This resource is not useful for kids only!
The paradigm shift to trauma informed is a tricky one and this video can be eye opening for adults as well.
Where to buy: Online via Family Futures (be sure to tell them I sent you!)
Length: 19 minutes
Format: MP4 download
I live in Charlotte, NC with my family and am working on a memoir about raising my adopted son, Devon.