Section 5 - Trauma Informed Care

How can I (caregiver) help?

  • Be sensitive to the signs that may cause a reaction in the child or youth. For example, they may have more problem behaviors near an anniversary of a traumatic event, or after visits with family.
  • If you know, a particular time of the year or day is stressful for the child, plan accordingly and give the child or youth extra support during those times. Spend more time with them or plan something that makes them feel loved and cared for.
  • Let them know if something will be done differently, such as turning off lights or making a sudden loud noise. This is important when they first come to live in a new home.
  • Listen and be careful not to say negative things or judge the child or youth’s experience or birth family.