Children aged 0-2

exposed to traumatic stress may:

  • Act withdrawn
  • Demand attention through both positive and negative behaviors
  • Demonstrate poor verbal skills
  • Display excessive temper tantrums
  • Exhibit aggressive behaviors
  • Exhibit memory problems
  • Exhibit regressive behaviors
  • Experience nightmares or sleep difficulties
  • Fear adults who remind them of the traumatic event
  • Have a poor appetite, low weight and/or digestive problems
  • Have poor sleep habits
  • Scream or cry excessively
  • Show irritability, sadness and anxiety
  • Startle easily

 

 

 

 

Children aged 3-6

exposed to traumatic stress may:

  • Act out in social situations
  • Act withdrawn
  • Demand attention through both positive and negative behaviors
  • Display excessive temper
  • Be anxious and fearful and avoidant
  • Be unable to trust others or make friends
  • Be verbally abusive
  • Believe they are to blame for the traumatic experience
  • Develop learning disabilities
  • Exhibit aggressive behaviors
  • Experience nightmares or sleep difficulties
  • Experience stomachaches and headaches
  • Fear adults who remind them of the traumatic event
  • Fear being separated from parent/caregiver
  • Have difficulties focusing or learning in school
  • Have poor sleep habits
  • Imitate the abusive/traumatic event
  • Lack self-confidence
  • Show irritability, sadness and anxiety
  • Show poor skill development
  • Startle easily
  • Wet the bed or self after being toilet trained or exhibit other regressive behaviors