‘Healing after trauma is possible for both children and adults’

Syrian refugees coming to Hamilton carry little when they arrive, but one thing many will carry is emotional and mental scars from the war zone they fled. The intensity of trauma is affected by many things: “The longer you’re exposed, the more kinds of traumatic experiences you’re exposed to and the age and stage of development of that child, that’s going to have different effects on different kids,” explained Smith. However, she adds: “When the right help is there and regardless of how long it takes, healing is possible after trauma for kids as well as adults.” Read more