This five-page report reviews symptoms and treatments associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma. It tells how traumatic events can impact children and offers four recommendations for helping them cope with trauma.
An overview of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Symptoms of trauma and PTSD.
Treatments for trauma and PTSD.
Recommendations on helping kids cope with trauma.
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies endorses play experiences — think painting, drawing or dance — when working with kids who have experienced trauma.
One recommendation to help kids deal with trauma is to set — and stick to — their schedule for eating, playing and sleeping. It helps foster a sense of security and normalcy.
Older kids coping with trauma can benefit from a simple strategy: Talking. Take time to answer their questions, which can help reduce confusion and anxiety and show them you care.