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.
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.