As a supportive, caring adult in a child’s life, you are an important factor in helping them overcome the effects of childhood trauma. With these five gestures, you can make a difference in their everyday lives.
Gestures that can Heal

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When you listen to kids, you show them you value what they have to say.

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Comforting kids shows them that they are safe.

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When you collaborate with kids, you help them learn to work through problems.

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Inspiring kids helps them to imagine what’s possible.

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When you celebrate kids, you build their self-esteem.

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  2. Paris, E. (2012). Interrupting trauma and advancing development: considering parent education in contemporary psychoanalytic treatment. Clinical Social Work Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10615-012-0412-3.

  1. InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development. (n.d.) Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University. Retrieved from

  1. Groves, B.M. (2002). Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project. Boston: Beacon Press.

  2. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (2014). Children and Domestic Violence – How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children? Retrieved from

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Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!

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