A New Look At Young Children Who Experience Trauma

An estimated 95,000 young children in Connecticut under age six have experienced a potentially traumatic event. There's a new effort underway in the state to expand services focused on their developmental needs.

Early childhood trauma could include physical or sexual abuse, chronic neglect, a serious accident or illness, or loss of a loved one. According to a brief by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, nearly 45 percent of all youngsters between the ages of two and five have experienced trauma.

The Institute’s Jason Lang said that trauma can affect a child’s ability to learn and form relationships. And young children are especially at risk.

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