Children face many traumas in their lives. They may be injured. They may see others harmed by violence. They suffer sexual abuse.
They lose loved ones. Or, they witness other tragic events.
Children’s reactions to trauma can be immediate. However, reactions may also appear much later. Reactions differ in severity. They cover a range
of behaviors. People from different cultures may have their own ways
of reacting. Other reactions vary according to age.
As an adult helper, teachers and others should:
Attend to children
Reduce effects of other stressors
Remind children that adults
• Love them
• Support them
• Will be with them when possible.
Parents can identify and address their own feelings –
this will allow them to help others and explain to children what happened
They should let children know:
• They love them
• The event was not their fault
• They will take care of them, but only if you can;
• It’s okay for them to feel upset