Ukukhanya – Signs of Trauma in Children

Signs of Trauma in Children

Are you concerned that your child is reacting to trauma in some way? Ai??Here is a list of some of the typical reactions of children exposed to stress and trauma. Ai??Ukukhanya offers free counselling and play therapy to children, and parents, to assist with overcoming trauma. Ai??You can find Ukukhanya in Michaels Arcade in Somerset West, 021 850 0061.

BABIES AND SMALL CHILDREN 0-5 YEARS

  • Cries a lot
  • Fearful
  • Is often frigthened or sad
  • Clings to certain people
  • Nightmares ai??i?? Wakes with a start
  • Fight or hits others
  • Sits in one place
  • Too active or troublesome
  • Chews Clothing(comfort seeking behaviour)
  • Fails to grow or develop
  • Eats poorly
  • Plays war constantly

CHILDREN 6-10 YEARS

  • Cries a lot
  • Too wild and active
  • Fights a lot
  • Sleeps poorly
  • Refuses to do what is asked
  • Wets bed
  • Eats poorly
  • Keeps to self (withdraw)
  • Tries to run away
  • Refuses to talk
  • Repeats certain actions
  • Acts younger than age
  • Complains of physical aches (Tummy/head ache)

TEENAGERS (12-18 YEARS)

  • Distrustful
  • Refuses to share feelings
  • Rebellious
  • Keeps bad company
  • Is irritable or aggressive
  • Expresses survivor’s guilt/Very self critical
  • Vengeful
  • Extremely remorseful
  • Nightmares and bad dreams
  • Too quiet ai??i?? depressed/cries
  • worries a lot
  • Poor hygiene
  • Acts older/younger than age
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Increase/decrease in appetite
  • Sleep disturbances

If you notice these signs of trauma in children you care for then Ukukhanya can help. Ai??We offer play therapy and counselling to both children and families affected by trauma.