Parents Helping Kids Clean Up Their Emotional Pains after Flooding in Boulder

Environmental disasters are unfortunately somewhat frequent occurrences and there are serious concerns about the health related problems they bring. Environmental disasters affect people of all ages but how exactly do they affect children?

There have been studies that have clearly shown the adverse health effects environmental disasters have on children but not everything is known about the extent of damage. Environmental disasters can greatly inhibit physical growth, increase child morbidity etc. They also increase the likelihood of fevers, diarrhoea and different types of respiratory illnesses. One particular study carried out in Bangladesh showed just how these events can impact negatively on children’s health. Some five months after an epidemiological study was carried out, the survivors of the group that survived the flood disaster that followed were revaluated. Aggressive behaviour increased from zero to almost 10% and 45% of the surviving study group who already had bladder control problems developed enuresis (bed wetting). This is just one small study of a single occurrence. A lot of environmental disaster stories and how they affect children remain untold.

A lot of the changes in the children’s health are psychological. Aggressive behaviour in the case above is usually caused by anger; anger at loss and present circumstances. Most of these children do not know how to express themselves, so being mad at the world becomes the next best thing. The enuresis (for example) was also (largely) caused by psychological factors. Children do not know how to express anger at a situation, certain types of fears, etc. Thus, it translates into health issues, violence and other cloaking mediums. The best approach to this type of situation is Therapy and not just any kind of therapy.

Play Therapy Can Help Parents with Children Who Struggle

Play therapy helps children struggling to deal with trauma to heal. It is not just about playing cards, or having an adult do some colouring with the child. It is also not about distracting the child to gain access to the child’s true feelings. Children use play to channel thinking, communication, interaction and so much more. Adults know how to communicate; they have a wide range of vocabulary to use. Adults are also more action oriented than children whose brains are not yet fully developed enough to be able to handle complex issues.

Play therapists are very well trained to aid children with playing that can help them express their emotions. Play therapy is said to be one of the best ways to find out what a child is feeling and usually expresses with silence, glares and sometimes rude behaviour. When the emotions have been unearthed, recovery can begin.

Play Therapy has helped a lot of children cope with trauma and realise they are not alone.

How Play Therapy Can Help Kids Make Sense of Flooding in Boulder County

Natural disasters can turn your whole world upside down. Generally unpredictable and unstoppable they can be a great stress for an adult to handle, yet alone a child or teenager.

People need a stable, predictable routine to feel safe, which is even more present in children and young adults, often who are yet to experience a traumatic event. Natural disasters such as the recent flooding upset the everyday routine, expose children to stress, the feeling of helplessness and a great misunderstanding over the future.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a natural disaster, your first actions should be to ensure immediate needs such as food, shelter, warmth and contact are met. But after this many parents find their children struggle to make sense of the situation, sometime generation overwhelming emotions of vulnerability and powerlessness that can impact their understanding of the world as they know it. These can manifest in many forms from immediate upset to long term behavioural problems affecting their ability to develop to their full potential in later life.

Play Therapy for Kids & Adults

Children need our help and guidance to make sense of the world and the terrible events that can occur, not only to keep their development into happy, well rounded adults on track, but to create a solid family unit in which your bonds can thrive through any difficult time.

Drawing on my experience in experimental play therapy, emotional parent coaching and trauma training, I can help families with children or teenagers through traumatic experiences, ensuring a recovery from the inside out. Together, we can understand your family’s emotional needs and the best forms of therapies and coaching to ensure that the biggest disaster, isn’t the damage to your child’s future.