According to the Child Health and Development Institute, almost 45% of children between the ages of two and five have experienced some kind of trauma. This can include physical or sexual abuse, chronic neglect, or loss of someone close to them. Younger children aren’t able to cope with these experiences as well as older children, leading them to act out their feelings surrounding the trauma, often throwing temper tantrums or becoming withdrawn. CT’s Early Childhood Trauma Initiative plans to expand trauma-informed services for younger children (under six) by training early childhood staff, and also training clinicians and community agencies to provide treatment to these children who have experienced trauma.
To read the interview from WNPR, click here.