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12 behaviors in children ages 3-6 that may indicate exposure to trauma

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

1. Problems focusing in school

2. Learning disabilities

3. Severe loss of temper

4. Constant demands for attention

5. Aggressive behavior

6. Verbal abuse

7. Startling easily

8. Fear of separation from caregiver

9. Being withdrawn

10. Stomach aches and headaches

11. Nightmares, poor sleep habits

12. Bed-wetting, regressive behavior

Adapted from the National Child Trauma Stress Network

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