Helping Children Of Trauma
Here Are Some General Tips for Helping Children After a Traumatic Event Make your child feel safe
Provide attention, comfort, and encouragement in ways your child will accept. Younger children may want extra hugs, for older youth, this might just mean spending time together as a family.
Act calm.Your reactions may trigger a child who is already feeling overwhelmed. Some children are even uncomfortable being looked at directly for too long. When your child is upset, do what you can to keep calm Listen.
Don't avoid difficult topics or uncomfortable conversations. But don't force children to talk before they are ready. Let children know that it’s normal to have many feelings after a traumatic experience.
Take their reactions seriously and reassure them that what happened was not their fault Maintain routines as much as possible. Understand that children cope in different ways.