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Post Traumatic Stress



All children and adolescents experience stressful events that can affect them both emotionally and physically.  Most often their negative reactions to stress are brief, and they recover without further problems.  However, some children and adolescents who experience trauma develop an anxiety related response that can overwhelm their ability to cope with daily demands.  Some of these young people will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Students with PTSD develop extreme fear, helplessness and psychological distress while constantly preparing themselves to “fight, flight, or freeze.”  Despite persistent efforts to avoid stimuli associated with the trauma, children and adolescents with PTSD frequently re-experience the trauma through recurrent or distressing dreams or memories.

The symptoms of post trauma stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may last from several months to many years. Early intervention and close collaboration among parents, schools, and other service professionals are essential for positive recovery.

Post Trauma Booklet for Parents, Guardians and Child Serving Professionals or Post Trauma Quick Fact Sheet (for easier printing) - opens in PDF format

Post Traumatic Stress School and Classroom Strategies - opens in PDF format

Post Trauma Stress Home and Family Strategies - opens in PDF format

Electronic templates for these booklets and strategy sheets are available to organizations, schools, and communities  for a nominal fee so they may be adapted to reflect your community’s own local resources.  Use the contact us button at the top of the page for more information or call the Students FIRST Project at 802-488-6706.