“Few adults understand how trauma silently handicaps some children in day-to-day functioning that appears to have nothing to do with trauma. As an adult who struggled in childhood with the aftermath of trauma, I want to help others understand what might be going on with traumatized children and what you should know about it.
The consequences of trauma are many, for both adults and children. Recent articles, blogs and online discussions demonstrate rapidly growing awareness of this fact. This week, for example, a recent study by Elsey et al., (2015) reported an association between trauma exposure in early childhood and incidence of emotional disturbances and risky behavior later in life.”
Chapter 4 ,Teaching Kids Empathy & Compassion, and Chapter 5, How Does Moral Injury Damage Human Spirituality and the Soul, of my new book digs deeply into the subject of children who suffer from post traumatic stress (PTS). How do you recognize the symptoms in kids? How can you, as a parent or mentor, help traumatized children process the symptoms effectively and help them heal from moral injury? It is critically important to focus on children as early as possible…breaking the pattern of silence and confusion connected with experiencing traumatic events in early life. Younger children often do not remember a traumatic experience, but the pain is still hidden inside and will often resurface later in life with sometimes tragic consequences. The life-long effects of trauma in children can be mitigated when parents, loved ones, teachers, and mentors become highly aware and proactive in providing loving and focused treatments. It is not what is wrong with your child, it is what happened to them!