Early Trauma Treatment Network|
Child Trauma Research Project
University of California San Francisco

Young children, toddlers, and preschoolers know when bad things happen, and they remember what they have been through. After a scary event, we often see changes in their behavior. They may cry more, become clingy and not want us to leave, have temper tantrums, hit others, have problems sleeping, become afraid of things that didn’t bother them before, and lose skills they previously mastered.Changes like these are a sign that they need help. Here are some ways you can help them.

Safety – Focus on safety first. Your young child feels safe when you . . .

Allow expression of feelings.

Follow your child’s lead.

Enable your child to tell the story of what happened during and after the crisis event.

Ties – Reconnect with supportive people, community, culture and rituals

Your Child Needs You! This is the most important thing to remember.

For more information go to NCTSN.org

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