How much are young children affected by events that take place around them? A lot. Babies are active players in the world. Even though they may not understand the meaning of what they see or hear, children absorb the images that surround them and are deeply impacted by the emotions of the people they rely on for love and security.
Parents and caregivers play a very important role in helping infants and toddlers cope and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences. Providing young children with sensitive and responsive care takes a lot of emotional and physical energy. But the everyday moments shared between a child and a loved adult can be mutually healing. During difficult and uncertain times, simply finding comfort in each other’s presence is the first step to helping young children cope and heal.
Childhood Adversity Narratives (CAN): Opportunities To Change The Outcomes Of Traumatized Children - See this innovative PowerPoint Resource on “Opportunities to Change the Outcomes of Traumatized Children” designed to inform policy makers and the public about the costs/consequences of child maltreatment and adversity with the goal of demonstrating proven interventions and opportunities that can change personally tragic and socially costly outcomes.
Helping Young Children Cope After Exposure to a Traumatic Event - Tragedies are especially distressing to families with young children. Follow the url below to access information designed to help parents navigate this very challenging time and which offers suggestions for how to handle this situation with very young children.
Developmental and Therapeutic Aspects of Treating Infants and Toddlers Who Have Witnessed Violence - Provides a case study analysis on the enduring developmental consequences of trauma in early life.
Mobilizing Trauma Resources for Children - Explores child trauma and provides definitions, statistics, protective and risk factors, and assessment evaluation strategies and issues.
Building Resilience: The Power to Cope With Adversity - Offers a handout with practical tips and strategies for helping children and families build resilience in the face of difficult or traumatic life experiences.
Coping After a Natural Disaster - Here at ZERO TO THREE, our hearts go out to all those affected by natural disasters. We are so sorry for all you have been through and all you have lost. As you are working to put your life back together, we know how concerned you are about taking good care of your young child. We hope the following information will help you understand how babies and toddlers can be affected by a disaster, and what you can do to help your child cope.