We often turn to parents to tell us how their child is faring emotionally.  Parents are experts on their child, and are a great source of information about changes in a child’s usual behaviors.  But research and clinical experience have shown that parents may not always grasp a child’s emotional symptoms. After a scary event, it is crucial to ask children directly about their own traumatic stress reactions.

Read more at the Research in Action blog, Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

What have you found most helpful in talking with your patients and their parents about their emotional response to a tough situation?