Child’s Trauma

A large percentage of children are exposed to a traumatic event at least once in their childhood. Such events could include the death of a family member or friend, abuse, illness, displacement from a home, violence, or natural disaster. Other less-obvious traumatic events could include moments of intense emotional, social, or physical stress that look minor to onlookers but have deep-seated and lasting impacts on how the child perceives the world, their place in it, and how they relate to others. Many times, children don’t have the vocabulary to describe their experiences or feelings about them. Sometimes children find their own healthy ways to work through their trauma, but others will find it harder to cope. Things to watch for in a child include withdrawal; change in eating, sleeping, social and other habits; phobias; and obsessive behaviors or worries. Professional help is often the most effective way of aiding a child who has experienced trauma, but there is a plethora of strategies for helping their progress.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.


Peter Levine Interview: Trauma Proofing Your Kids

Peter discusses how parents can help their children with the stresses of current events.


Gabor Maté: Can You Raise a Child Without Trauma? | London Real

Dr. Gabor Maté is known for his expertise on childhood trauma, stress, and the mind-body connection. His work reframes how we view all human development.


The Building of Hope and Resilience in a Child | Michael Kalous | TEDxHelena

Michael has over 20 years’ experience working with children and families and has worked with Intermountain in Helena since October 2000.


3 Great Untruths To Stop Telling Kids and Ourselves | Jonathan Haidt | Big Think

Popular platitudes can squash your critical thinking, argues moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Always trust your feelings? The world is a battle between good and evil? These popular pieces of conventional wisdom are merely myths—ones that can set us up for failure.


How Our Childhood Shapes Every Aspect of Our Health with Dr. Gabor Maté | Fblm Podcast

This week, I talk to renowned addiction expert, physician and best-selling author, Dr. Gabor Maté. He calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction, whether in ourselves or in others. Dr Maté believes addiction is not a choice, neither is it all about drugs and elicit substances.



THE BODY MAPPING TOOL This Resource-book is a collection of animations and short videos that present different tools to support children in their peace building activities.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


Trauma Healing