"A person's a person, no matter how small."
Any unusual behavior that begins shortly after a severely frightening episode may indicate that your child is traumatized. Compulsive, repetitive mannerisms, such as repeatedly zooming a toy car into a doll, are an almost sure sign of unresolved trauma. Other signs of traumatic stress include tantrums, uncontrollable rage attacks, hyperactivity, thrashing while asleep, bedwetting, inability to concentrate in school, excessive belligerence, or fearful shyness.
To determine whether an uncustomary
behavior is a traumatic reaction, try mentioning the frightening episode
and notice how your child responds. A traumatized child will not want
to be reminded of the event. Or, once reminded, will become excited or
fearful and unable to stop talking about it. A traumatized child may
also respond with silence. '
You may have noticed changes in your child or teenager. It could just be passing moods. But if these changes persist trust your intuition and get some help. Children may not want to bother you, or they may mistakenly think something is their fault and so they don't talk.
If you are concerned
about any of these warning signs, first thing to do is comfort your child. Let her know you love her. Spend some time just hanging out
without asking a lot of questions. If
your child enjoys touch, give hugs, cuddle, tucking him/her into
bed. Help them feel your safe physical
If the concerns
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