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ICYMI: Your Child Will Be Ok!!!!

Updated: Apr 30

Understanding some of the typical reactions of youth exposed to a crisis situation is a critical step in identifying students or others, who may be in need of further professional assistance. It is also a valuable way for parents to monitor their children for Both IMMEDIATE Intervention & Ongoing Mental Health Care. For especially young children & adolescents - A few age-appropriate reactions of individuals exposed to a traumatic event to be aware of:

Childhood (Ages 5 through 11)

• sadness & crying

• school avoidance

• physical complaints (e.g., headaches)

• poor concentration

• irritability

• fear of personal harm

• regressive behavior (clinging, whining)

• nightmares

• aggressive behavior at home or school

• bed wetting

• anxiety & fears

• confusion

• eating difficulty

• withdrawal/social isolation

• attention-seeking behavior

Early Adolescence (Ages 11 through 14)

• sleep disturbance

• withdrawal/isolation from peers

• increase or decrease in appetite

• loss of interest in activities

• rebelliousness

• generalized anxiety

• school difficulty, including fighting

• fear of personal harm

• physical ailments (e.g., bowel problems)

• poor school performance

• depression

• concentration difficulties

Most of these responses are expected reactions and subside in several weeks following the crisis... Parents should know that the above behaviors are NORMAL RESPONSES! With a parents love & guidance, COUPLED with safe venues whereby youth can express feelings; help ensure - Their Sons & Daughters Will BE OK!

The Uvalde Foundation For Kids

(877) 888 4235



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