Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

This NASET Parent Teacher Conference Handout focuses on parenting a child who has experienced trauma. Children who have experienced traumatic events need to feel safe and loved. All parents want to provide this kind of nurturing home for their children. However, when parents do not have an understanding of the effects of trauma, they may misinterpret their child’s behavior and end up feeling frustrated or resentful. Their attempts to address troubling behavior may be ineffective or, in some cases, even harmful. This factsheet is provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway and discusses the nature of trauma, its effects on children and youth, and ways for parents to help their child. By increasing their understanding of trauma, parents can help support their child’s healing, their relationship with him or her, and their family as a whole.

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