Episode 8

The Window of Tolerance transcript in PDF

In this episode, we dive deeper in the fear response system common to all mammals. This helps us to understand why children who have experienced developmental trauma struggle so much with self-regulation.

Links and Reading

The Polyvagal Theory, by Stephen Porges.

Trauma and the Body, by Ogden, Minton, and Pain.

These two books are pretty heavy reading, definitely required reading for therapists. However, many parents will get a lot of these books too.

Born for Love, by Maia Salavitz and Bruce Perry. I think it is important that we know which behaviours are part of our mammalian heritage and which are the more complex outcomes of the human pre-frontal cortex.