Traumatic Emotions

What can we do to support young children’s emotions when they experience trauma?


From a Child's Perspective

When young children witness a traumatic event at home, such as domestic violence, they might experience strong emotions (e.g., anger, sadness, confusion), which may find their way into the classroom. 

Learn how Sesame Street Communities is tackling this sensitive topic. Explore what you can do to support these vulnerable learners as they work to recognize and manage emotions. 

This video contains sensitive materials and is intended for adult use only.

Key Takeaways

Emotional connections are key

Connecting emotionally with children’s experiences is important. Empathize with them to better support their needs.

Teachers can be a secure base

Children view teachers as caring adults they can count on. Children exposed to trauma depend on teachers to help them manage strong emotions in the classroom.