Large scale tragedy such as 9/11 can cause strong reactions in children. It then becomes the responsibility of the adult in the child’s life to help manage anger and other trauma the child is feeling. Both parents and teacher can help young children manage their feelings by modeling healthy behavior in the presence of the child. How the child copes will heavily depend on how the adult in his or her life learns to manage their own stress or trauma. In some cases, it is better to seek professional help.
Signs of Emotional Trauma In Children:
• Significant increase in conflict with classmates or friend.
• Strained family relationships (lack of desire to participate in normal family routines).
• Significant decrease in school performance.
• Repeated nightmares and reporting strong fears of death, violence, etc.
• Low self-esteem
One of the best things you can do for your child is to spend quality time with him or her. Acting as if the problem does not exist will make the situation worst. I wrote the short story “My Birthday is September Eleven” in the hopes of showing with strong family support all children can overcome bad situations. This is what a psychologist had to say about my book:
As a licensed psychologist with a specialty in children, parents often ask me to direct them to a book that they can read with their children. I have no problem sending parents to My Birthday is September Eleven and Other Short Stories. In this book, you will find stories about children with real-life struggles and how they find ways to cope with those problems. These stories present opportunities for parents and children to talk about what is happening in their own lives and possible solutions, while strengthening parent-child communication.
Remember most schools have a psychologist on staff if your child needs to talk to a professional. Be sure to take advantage of this free resource.