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. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

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