Coping with Children's Reactions to Disaster & Trauma

Coping with Children's Reactions to Disaster & Trauma

For Younger Children: Ages 1 - 6
  • Bedwetting
  • Crying
  • Immobility
  • Excessive clinging
  • Thumb sucking
  • Fear of darkness
  • Inattentiveness
  • Fear of being left alone
  • Nightmares
  • Inability to sleep without a light or someone else
  • Awakening during night
  • Confusion
AGES 7-11
  • Refusal to go to school
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Change in sleep patterns
    •     unwilling to fall asleep
    •     need for night light
    •     fear of sleeping alone
    •     fear of darkness
  • Irritability
  • Disobedience
  • Loss of concentration
  • Fighting
AGES 12 -18
  • Running away
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stealing
  • Sleeplessness
  • School problems
  • Confusion
  • Use of drugs
  • Use of alcohol
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Inattentiveness

Children's Responses to Trauma

Children's responses to trauma vary according to the age of the child. Generally, children respond by reverting to behavior typical of an earlier developmental stage. These responses are considered NORMAL if they are of brief (less than three weeks) duration. If any of these symptoms continue, there are professionals available to help you with your questions.

How to Help Children Cope with Trauma

Although children have many of the same reactions as adults do to trauma, they have different ways of expressing their reactions and need some special help to cope. The following are some suggestions for dealing with the child in crisis.


Talking to Your Children After A Disaster Adobe pdf

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