It’s an unfortunate truth – childhood trauma existsIf you’re like most of us, the very phrase “childhood trauma” automatically strikes a note of fear. No one wants it to happen and no one wants to see trauma in a child they love. Unfortunately, childhood trauma does happen. Research shows that roughly 20% to 25% of children in the United States will experience some form of childhood trauma before they reach adulthood. But there is hope. You can do something to prevent, identify and overcome trauma for your child. It all starts when you Look Through Their Eyes.
Some Leading CausesThe most common causes of childhood trauma include:
- Chaos or dysfunction in the house (such as domestic violence, parent with a mental illness, substance abuse or incarcerated)
- Death of a loved one
- Emotional abuse or neglect
- Physical abuse or neglect
- Separation from a parent or caregiver
- Sexual abuse
- Stress caused by poverty
- Sudden and/or serious medical condition
- Violence (at home, at school, or in the surrounding community)
How Can I Identify Childhood Trauma?
What Can I Do To Help?Here are four things you can do to help a child deal with trauma:
- Create an environment of safety
- Provide adult support.
- Teach them self-soothing techniques.
- Build on their strengths.
Where Can I Turn For Support?
For information to help you understand more about the prevention, identification and treatment of childhood trauma, turn to these leading organizations: