5 Ways You Can Help A Child Deal With Trauma
No matter what the cause, suffering from some sort of trauma can bring on serious emotional issues, especially for children. When an adult suffers from trauma, they are equipped with more mature coping mechanisms that can better enable them to handle the trauma, but for children it can be more difficult. Often times, children do not understand the trauma or the mental issues the trauma has caused, and it can leave emotional difficulties that can last well into adulthood. If there is a child in your life who has suffered from some sort of trauma and you'd like to be able to help him or her deal with all the trying emotions surrounding this trauma, the following information will better enable you to help this child get back his or her emotional well being.
1. Talk It Out.
If you want to help a child who has suffered from trauma, talking about the trauma and emotions involved with the trauma is an important first step towards emotional recovery. When talking to a child about the difficulties surrounding the trauma, be sure to use words that are easy for a child to understand. Also, make the child comfortable enough to discuss his or her feelings by being a good listener.
2. Always Be There.
A child who suffers from trauma is often prepared for and scared of the unexpected. Because of this, it is important that the child knows you will be always be there for her. A child suffering from trauma will probably have issues with trust and always being there for the child will help her regain her trust.
3. Be Patient.
A child suffering from trauma may often act out in negative ways, so it is important that you have patience. Understand that acting out is a way for a child to deal with trauma and provide the patience and understanding needed to deal with these negative behaviors.
4. Show Extra Love.
Children suffering from trauma need extra love to help get them through the pain of the issues they are dealing with. Depending on the type of trauma, a child may feel unloved and uncared for because of it and by giving extra love you will be showing the child that someone really does care.
5. Encourage Healthy Expression.
Encourage the child suffering from trauma to express his or her feelings. Remind him or her that sharing emotions with someone who cares is a great way to avoid the bottling up of feelings that can lead to emotional instability. Be it anger, sadness, happiness or anxiety, make sure the child understands that his feelings are normal and it is healthy to express them to a caring person.
Dealing with trauma can be difficult for people of any age, but it can be especially trying for a child. Children haven't yet developed the coping mechanisms needed to help them overcome the situation for a more mentally balanced mind. If there is a child in your life suffering from trauma due to any situation, the 5 tips listed above will help you help that child overcome the issues involved with the trauma.
Mark Taylor writes about parenting, finance & saving money at www.backgroundcheck.org.