Understanding the impact of trauma on children

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Drug or alcohol abuse, depression or even attempts at suicide are possibilities that carry an increased risk with children who have experienced physical or emotional trauma, Indiana Youth Institute officials report based on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study.

In addition, IYI said children who have experienced trauma are more likely to experience domestic violence as adults. In an effort to combat this, IYI is hosting a forum to help chidren who have been victim’s of trauma. The forum will explore how to recognize signs of trauma and how it affects children’s behavior, development and relationships.

Amy Watts, a 20-year veteran working with traumatized people and their families, will be a featured speaker at the event. Watts, a clinical service specialist for the Indiana Department of Child Services, will share important information such as how to recognize trauma-related signs and behaviors in children as well as how to respond to those children and coordinate treatments.

The forum will take place Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bauer Community Center, 330 Fountain St., in Lafayette. IYI officials said a lunch will also be served. The event is free, but reservations are required by Sept. 15.

To reserve your seat, click here.

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