An introduction to Children who have experienced loss and trauma
the thoughts of our 1st international student from New Zealand:
I have identified that I need to use empathy, rather than sympathy, and need to really listen to the child. This includes recognising the body language and facial expressions as well as hearing the words they are saying. I also need to recognise that I may not be the person the child wants to talk to and that they may want to talk to other adults or children…….Overall, the main thing that I have learned from this course is that the range of reasons for children experiencing loss and trauma is very wide and that every child’s experience is different. Their understanding of the situation will be different based on their age and other experiences and teachers, social workers and family members need to provide support to these children based on their needs rather than a preconceived idea of what they ‘should’ need.
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