The TCU Institute of Child Development strives to help children suffering the effects of early trauma, abuse or neglect. We conduct research to deepen understanding about the complex needs of these children and how and why these harmful experiences can impair development and lead to social, behavioral and emotional problems. We design and promote research-based models for practical interventions that anyone can use to help children heal and reach their highest potential. 

If you have recently adopted or you are considering adopting a child from Haiti or some other environment that could be considered a "hard place" for a child, Dr. Karyn Purvis, Director of The Institute of Child Development at TCU, offers "Seven Insights" and "Seven Gifts" for parents and caregivers to help your child overcome the effects of trauma, neglect, or abuse and to aid in your child's journey of healing.

 

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"Child psychologists Purvis and Cross have produced an extremely useful parenting handbook...The authors provide much-needed practical advice on establishing connections with children and on raising children who can connect in a healthy fashion with others. This book is truly outstanding..." --Lynne F. Maxwell for Library Journal  

 
 
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