Episode #4: How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 2

How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 2

Episode 4: How Do We Help Children Recover from a Pandemic (and Other Childhood Trauma)? Part 2

Welcome to episode #4 of Special Needs Kids are People Too!

This episode is Part 2 of “How Do We Help Chidren Recover From a Pandemic (and other childhood trauma).” You can listen to Part 1 here.

In this episode I discuss the specific ways we can support children to help them  process trauma and move forward in a positive direction. 

#1: We have to reduce pressure and provide positive support.

1) We have to reduce pressure and provide positive support.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs gives us a great map on how to do this.

All we have to do is identify where we are and what we need to take the next step up the hierarchy! 

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Image courtesy of Saul Mcleod)

#2: We need to give kids options for processing trauma.

2) We also need to give kids options for processing trauma. 

As most children do not have the advanced language skills to discuss abstract feelings and internal reactions to events, options that involve the arts and movement are best.

You can try yoga, martial arts, art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, etc.

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I hope you enjoyed listening to today’s episode and gained some new insights into the wonderful variety of people in our world! 

And remember, Special Needs Kids are People Too!

Amy Bodkin, EdS

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