In the aftermath of a distressing event, it can be difficult for many people to cope — and children and teens can be particularly vulnerable to overwhelming stress.
With the right support and intervention from parents, it can facilitate a healthy recovery. But how should you engage children who are showing signs of trauma? It’s also important to note that signs of traumatic stress are different in each child, and children of different ages can react differently to disturbing events as well.
We speak to Celynn Chang, senior counsellor and manager at Boys’ Town Clinical Intervention Centre, to find out more.
Boys’ Town is part of Safe Circle, which is a newly formed platform that aims to build a safe, nurturing and trauma-informed community through educating parents, teachers, young adults and helping professionals. A partnership between seven local agencies, it offers training via complimentary talks and workshops for those who want to give a helping hand, empowering them to be more trauma-informed, to better support trauma survivors.