LUNA Neuro-Trauma Assessments


GLRC is partnering with Easter Seals to bring the LOOK, UNCOVER, NURTURE, and ACT (LUNA) program to children and families in the Upper Peninsula. LUNA offers both prevention and intervention of emotional trauma due to neglect, abuse, exposure to violence or other tragedies, grief from a loss and other sources. The first step in determining the individual need is taken via a free, confidential online screening assessment at This assessment includes psychological, speech and language, occupational therapy and neurological metrics to identify the impact trauma has had on the child. Following the comprehensive trauma assessment, a trans-disciplinary team assessment may be needed. The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention estimates 26% of children witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four in the U.S., and, left untreated, the consequences can be deadly. Funding for the LUNA program is made possible by a grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The LUNA Trauma Assessment Center is located at the Adolescent Services Center in Negaunee.

Children who have experienced trauma and chronic stress WITHOUT treatment are:

–3x more likely to have serious employment problems.
–3x more likely to experience depression.
–4x more likely to become an alcoholic.
–15x more likely to commit suicide.

The effects of trauma can impact:

–Physical health
–Attachment and relationships
–Emotional responses

How the LUNA™ Model Works:

After taking the comprehensive trauma assessment, a multidisciplinary team assessment may be needed. This assessment includes psychological, speech, language, and occupational therapy, as well as, neurological metrics to identify the impact the trauma has had on the child.

Easter Seals Michigan is proud to launch The LUNA™ Model. LUNA™ stands for LOOK, UNCOVER, NURTURE, and ACT. LUNA identifies all stages which address a child’s experienced trauma or chronic stress. A traumatic or chronically stressful event can be many things beyond abuse or neglect. As the number of childhood trauma and chronic stress experiences increase, the risk for health problems in adulthood increases.