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Can you help your child overcome trauma from a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident can be an emotionally traumatic event for anyone regardless of their age. However, if you have been in a motor vehicle crash and your children were in the car with you, you may notice considerable changes in their demeanor and reaction to triggers. Understanding how to provide support and comfort to your children after they have been involved in a car crash in Washington is imperative to your ability to help them recover and overcome their fears. 

Outside of any physical injuries that your child is recovering from, you may notice that their emotional wellbeing has also suffered some noticeable damage. For example, your child may react with fear or startle easier when they hear certain noises or see another vehicle coming toward them. They may also be more emotional or violent in the way they react to your affection if they are suffering from the traumatic memories of what had happened. 

According to helpguide.org, one of the most effective steps you can take is to actively engage your child in a healthy conversation about the way he or she is feeling. Provide reassurance and do your best to maintain a normal routine that is filled with activities that you know your child enjoys. If your child discloses that he or she is feeling afraid or nervous, do not discount his or her opinion. Acknowledge what they are saying, how they are feeling and provide validation and comfort. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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