Trauma for an adult occurs from extreme loss or a stress that is of life-threatening situations. However, for a child, it need not be such a risky threat. Childhood trauma is identified to occur from various incidents and there are 14 reasons identified. The most common are seven among them. Physical abuse causes childhood traumatic stress. When the child is manhandled, or burnt, it can be categorized as physical abuse. Other reasons are when the child is deprived of the care, food, shelter, education, and when the child undergoes sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, are a few reasons. System induced care also causes traumatic stress in children. When a child is removed from home, or moved to the foster care, and when they are alone from the comforts of a family, then traumatic stress is found in children, which many care givers and the parents do not notice.
As a parent or a caregiver, you play a vital role in helping the child in the recovery process. When you can help in a great way, never forget to consult a medical practitioner. The first thing the parents or the caregivers need to be careful about is, to be observant. Listening to the kid when he or she talks is very important. Unprovoked anger, fears that cannot be explained, crying often for no reason, over anxiety, upset with no reason or easily are a few of the signs that the child experiences traumatic stress. Extreme and sudden changes are found in affected children. If you are a foster parent, then it would not be easy to assess the behavioral changes and it makes it essential to make a note of the negative behaviors and continue to monitor the changes.
Traumatized children do not know the perfect way to act. They need to be taught gradually about discipline. Delay in disciplining is mandatory as these kids cannot understand why you do urge them to share the toys or ask for permission. The child also become confused and does not remember things. Let the child to make a decision. Decision making capacity is very much affected when the child undergoes childhood trauma. However, you can let them master this skill when you offer them the choices and let them choose. A traumatized child does have no control over senses and is extremely anxious. When you develop the skills of decision making in them, they gain self control.
The traumatized children also are not comfortable with the change in time schedules. The time schedule should be framed for everything, right from waking up in the morning, breakfast, dinner, study hours, play hours and going to bed. In case, if you are about to make a change in the time schedule, you should make them understand that it is going to happen in a couple of days. This makes them comfortable to adhere to the new time schedule. You need to go for a therapist if you feel the signs manifest.