While we try to protect our children in every possible way, sometimes they still have to deal with difficult and possibly traumatic things. Experiences such as scary medical procedures, car accidents, witnessing violence, or parental illness can create symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and attempts to avoid certain places, people, or experiences that are triggering. These experiences can be very scary and can lead to other issues such as acting out behaviors or withdrawl and social isolation.
It is important to note that not every scary situation leads to a child experiences trauma symptoms. However, if you are concerned, a consultation can be helpful in identifying appropriate treatment and next steps. Even children who are non-verbal can experience trauma and specialized understanding of development and trauma is essential in treating this age group. Dr. Chamberlain is experienced in helping parents understand a child's traumatic experience as well as how to decrease symptoms of avoidance and hyperarousal.