Child Traumatic Stress

Child Traumatic Stress

A trauma is an intense event that threatens a person’s life or safety in a way that is too much for the mind to handle and leaves the person powerless.

Child traumatic stress occurs when children and adolescents are exposed to traumatic events or traumatic situations, and when this exposure overwhelms their ability to cope with what they have experienced.

 Children respond to trauma in diverse ways which may include:

    • disturbed sleep
    • difficulty paying attention and concentrating
    • anger and irritability
    • withdrawal
    • repeated and intrusive thoughts
    • extreme distress-when confronted by anything that reminds them of their traumatic event
    • psychiatric conditions or other behavioral disorders

Treatment

Parents and caregivers can play and important role in helping children and adolescents recover from their traumatic experiences.  Seeking trauma informed care therapy.

To find out more about what is available for counseling, therapy and treatment, contact a family advocate located at a Child Protection Center near you:

Sandra Brasell,  Regional Child Protection Center, Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, IA

515-241-4311     braselse@ihs.org

Angie Mack, Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Sioux City, IA

712-279-2548     macka@mercyhealth.com

Nancy Scheumann, St Lukes Child Protection Center, Hiawatha, IA

319-369-7908     scheumnj@crstlukes.com

Jenna Wagner, Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center, Muscatine, IA

563-264-0580     jennaw@childabuseqc.org

Katie Strub, Allen Hospital Child Protection Center, Waterloo, IA

319-277-7463     strubkj@ihs.org