Although it's been said before, it bears repeating: children are not little adults. As such, providing medical care with a trauma informed lens undoubtedly makes the entire visit much easier for the child and their parents. More often than not, creating a trauma informed environment for your patients comes down to the small things: a smile when you walk into the room or speaking in a soft voice. Making the child comfortable with various pieces of equipment by using it on their parent first. Even providing stickers and crayons can go along way to put a child at ease.

Trauma informed care doesn't entail just care to the child. It also means extending this trauma informed lens to the parents, who may be apprehensive themselves. Sometimes, especially times when their child is injured or diagnosed with an illness, the parents need to be treated with extra care too.

In your practice or hospital, how do you incorporate trauma informed care into your patient visits?