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What is Trauma? How can I help my child heal and move on?

In today's society, many factors will have an impact on our children. Trauma can manifest itself in a variety of ways, affecting a child's physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Every child is unique and will react differently to a threat. It is critical to notice changes in your child; they may have witnessed or experienced an event that continues to haunt them, causing ongoing pain or sadness. Traumatic experiences can be a single event or a series of events that have an impact on a child's social emotional learning at home, school, or in their global community. Stressful situations cause the nervous system to release cortisol and adrenalin. This then activates a child's flight, fright, or freeze response, resulting in changes in behavior or emotions.

A traumatic event could be:

• Separation or divorce

• Relocation of family or friends

• Arrest or incarceration of a relative or friend

• Physical or sexual abuse

• Emotional abuse or neglect

• Major accident

• Natural disaster

• Financial instability

• Danger of violence (at home or in the community)

• Bullying

• Death of a family member or pet

Signs of childhood trauma that may be present in your child

• Aches and pains felt in the body

• Low levels of energy or weariness • Alterations in sleep habits or appetite • Irritability, depression, or anxiety • Changes in appetite

• Trouble focusing or coming to a conclusion when necessary

• Having a sense of dread

• Repetitive and unwanted thoughts of things that have happened in the past

• Unsettling dreams or thoughts

• Separation from others and a loss of interest in activities

Advice on how to speak with your child and help him or her heal.

• React to your child with compassion and composure when they are upset.

• Give your youngster your undivided attention and validate their emotions.

• Try to stick to the same schedule every day for your meals, your sleep, and your exercise.

• Whenever it's possible, involve your child in family decision-making, and give them choices that are appropriate for their age.

• Try to reduce the amount of tension that isn't essential at home.

• Show your child how to unwind and take it easy.

• Minimize media exposure.

• Make time for your family a top priority.

• Establish a network of support for both your family and your child.

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