Top tips for supporting a child who has experienced trauma:

  • .Validate your child’s feelings, let them know that feeling scared / sad / angry is normal and ok
  • · Create a routine for them, it can help to provide a sense of safety and security,  Stick to their normal routines as much as possible
  • · Spend time with your child, encourage play and recreation
  • · Encourage communication – allow them to talk about their experiences and feelings, listen to what they have to say and answer their questions honestly but in a way that is appropriate for their age and understanding.
  • · Maintain your own calm!  Children look to adults for reassurance and guidance.  Don’t discuss your own fears and anxieties with the child.
  • · Help your child to relax with breathing exercises.  Breathing becomes shallow when the child becomes anxious.  Encourage deep belly breaths.  Place a stuffed toy on their tummy when they lie down.  They can watch the toy rise and fall as they breathe in and out!
  • · Promote resilience by helping your child to learn new things, practicing positive self-talk with them, and praising their efforts
  • · Finally, take care of yourself!  You can best help your child when you are feeling ok yourself!