Some children and young people may have experienced trauma. The UK Trauma Council defines trauma as ‘a distressing event or events that are so extreme or intense that they overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, resulting in lasting negative impact’.
Identifying the signs of trauma
A child or young person’s trauma will show in their behaviours and become a barrier to their learning.
What are some possible signs of trauma?
- Physical symptoms such as sleep problems including nightmares, headaches/stomach pains, or signs of regression (going back to things they did at a younger age such as bedwetting and thumb-sucking).
- Experiencing problems in their relationships with others.
- Being on edge or hyper vigilant (always on the lookout for danger).
- Experiencing heightened anxiety or persistent low mood. This can manifest as 'fight, flight or freeze' behaviours.