CHILDREN

Help with Children
of All Ages

Depending on your child’s age and developmental stage, you may notice different types of reactions to their illness or injury.

Help with Children of All Ages

Depending on your child’s age and developmental stage, you may notice different types of reactions to their illness or injury.

This resource is being offered to help you and your family become more aware of the behaviors associated with PTSD and how they may differ depending on the age of the child.  In addition, we offer coping techniques and suggestions to support your child and family when confronted with this trying situation.

Young Children

Infants and young children rely on their parents and the adults around them to provide a sense of safety and security and trusted routines.  Your young child can seem to “bounce back” to a calmer or happier state, even after upsetting or painful moments in treatment, when you are there to provide distraction, security, and comfort.

School Age Children

School-age children are developing a basic understanding of their body and how it works, and how medicines and treatments might help when a person gets sick or hurt. They have started to develop coping skills for upsetting situations, and probably have some ways to help themselves feel better or calm themselves down when they are a little bit scared.

Teenagers

Teens are more able than younger children to see the bigger picture of the illness/injury.  Teens can understand more complex ideas about illness and treatment, but still need adult help to fill in gaps in what they know and understand.

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