Any tragedy can feel overwhelming for families. While trauma can be hard for adults to cope with, it can be especially difficult for children. Children’s reactions to trauma will involve not only the impact of the catastrophe on their lives (what they saw, heard, felt, smelled and so on) but also a sense of crisis over their parents’ reaction(s).
Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence. Disasters also may leave them with long-lasting harmful effects. When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping. Victim services will help parents, and caregivers understand the common reactions of children, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support. Victim services can help families manage crisis through individualized crisis response and planning.
The Family Help Network
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Parry Sound Family Service
Providing Family, Marriage, and Individual Counseling
21 Belvedere Ave, Parry Sound, ON
Children’s Aid Society- Nipissing/Parry Sound
Families and Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe, Nurtured and Strong