Coping for Children

Both Moore County Department of Social Services, and Friend to Friend can help with coping skills that will assist children who have experienced trauma.

Social Services: 910-947-2436   Crisis Line: 910-947-3333   Office Line: 910-947-1703

Signs in Younger Children

  • Aggressive play
  • Fear of leaving adults’ company
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Stomach Aches

Signs in Older Children

  • Drug or Alcohol Use
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Sadness and anger
  • School Absences
  • Sleeping/Eating changes
  • Withdrawal

Steps to Take

  • Anticipate days or other reminders of the traumatic event. 
  • Talk with children about how they would like to acknowledge them.
  • Be flexible, but maintain your child’s routine.
  • Deep breathing, holding soothing objects and listening to music are a few helpful coping techniques.
  • Reassure children that there is no right or wrong way to react.
  • Rehearse safety measures with children. 
  • Knowing what to do and how to contact loved ones builds a feeling of safety and control.
  • Talk to children about their worries and encourage them to express their feelings.
  • Understand that children carefully observe adults. They will find comfort in seeing adults use effective coping skills
  • Younger children may need more of your patience and a few extra hugs, while older children may also need reminders that adults are there to help.

Friend to Friend

103 Monroe Street
Suite 102
Carthage, NC 28327

910.947.3333 | Crisis Line
910.947.1703 | Office Line
910.947.3327 | Court Advocate
Info@friendtofriend.me
9am to 4pm | Monday - Friday