WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Unfortunately traumatic events can happen to anyone, including children. Some experiences happen once throughout childhood while other events continue to occur on multiple occasions. The event impacts a child differently depending on their developmental age and other factors.
Trauma occurs when we become overwhelmed by the impact of the events and struggle to use our usual coping skills.
These are some examples of traumatic events:
Age Common Observations
2-5 years (pre-school)
6-12 years (elementary school)
12 – 19 years (middle school & high school)
How can you help your child?
Remember to be available long after you think they “should be over it.”
Adapted from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Consortium of Trauma, Illness & Grief and Laura Bray Harting , The Center for Living with Loss