Tips for Talking to Children After a Traumatic Event

Children respond to trauma in many different ways. Some may have reactions very soon after the event; others may begin to show troubling behavior months later. Knowing the signs that are common at different ages can help parents and caregivers recognize problems and respond appropriately.

Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, has seen the event on television, or has merely heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and educators to be informed and ready to help if stress reactions begin to occur.

Our friends at SAMHSA have created a tip sheet for talking with children after a traumatic event. It is a helpful way to introduce healing conversations after a big community event, and to respond to some of the questions that your child may have.

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