How to help children deal with traumatic situations

Following the recent armed robbery at a children’s party at the Sandton Fire Station, parenting expert Nikki Bush looks at how to teach young children to deal with traumatic situations.

Life is imperfect, it doesn’t always unfold in a straight line and while life happens it can let children down.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Tlhabi Show:

According to Adene Reubenson, a counselling psychologist and social worker, children rely on the support of parents to help them deal with their emotions after a traumatic experience.

Children don’t necessarily have the vocal capacity to express their experience

Adene Reubenson, Counselling Psychologist and Social Worker

Bush said trauma impacts children on many levels and play therapy can be helpful to children who find it difficult to express how they feel.


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