Section 5 - Trauma Informed Care

How can I (caregiver) help?

  • Talk with the child or youth about his or her feelings and try to understand what’s bothering the child and causing the problem behavior. This sounds simple, but will help lessen their stress.
  • Be aware of patterns and recognize and accept the child’s feelings.
  • Give the child choices. Traumatic events can make a child or youth feel they do not have control over anything. Help them feel safe by giving some choices or control. A simple choice like control over what to wear helps!
  • Give the child or youth lots of support and encouragement. Find things to praise them for. Catch them doing things well and notice small steps!