When a child has experienced trauma they may well have an underlying feeling of sadness, upset, unsettled and confused feelings, which can lead to them crying and moaning. They generally stop doing this when they feel safe, distracted by something funny and interesting that gets their focus or when they feel valued and heard.
WHAT ARE THE MOST HELPFUL THINGS WE CAN DO?
Don’t tell them to snap out of it or stop crying as this scares them and validate their feeling of sadness or worry.
Speak to them on their level and ask them what they like to play with/enjoy
Help them feel safe by facilitating them to play with another child or known adult