What Do These Behaviors Mean? How Children Process & Respond to Trauma


In our original tip sheet, What Do These Behaviors Mean?, we wrote about what underlies so many challenging behaviors—behaviors like lying, stealing, aggression, defiance, hoarding, and meltdowns. And, we shared how trauma and fear are the foundation for these behaviors.

Here, we build on that information, digging a little deeper into how kids’ brains process trauma. In addition, we will share tips for how you, as a caregiver, can set kids up so that those neural pathways begin to change and healing can happen.


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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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