Section 5 - Trauma Informed Care

Effect of Trauma in Early Childhood

In early childhood, trauma can change the way a child develops. This includes:

  • memory
  • attention
  • thinking and language
  • behavior

For example, the child may be behind other children in consistently learning to talk, following directions, paying attention, adjusting to new situations, calming themselves, crawling or walking.

The child may be afraid and feel the world is not safe. The child may not know how to get what they need in an appropriate way. They may throw a tantrum, hit, bite or cry.