How to talk to your children about trauma, Closs case

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - NBC15's Hannah Anderson sat down with Jeremy Pieper, a clinical specialist at UnityPoint Health Meriter, more specifically the child and adolescent psychiatric facility.

NBC15 spoke with Pieper about the post-trauma journey after the news broke Barron County teen Jayme Closs escaped her captor.
Closs escaped her captor Jan. 11 in Douglas County, Wis., which is about an hour north of her Barron, Wis. home where she was taken from.

Closs went missing Oct. 15, 2018, found Jan. 11 and nearly three months passed in the time she was missing.

"She must be a strong woman to escape her captor like that, and find help like that, that will really help in her recovery from this and hopefully minimize the trauma that she experiences," Pieper said.

After a traumatic incident, the journey can vary a number of ways including: being quiet to themselves, some may appear normal until something happens later and act out.

Trauma recovery is different for adults and teens, and Pieper said parents can proactively help children digest some of the coverage if not directly impacted or have gone through a traumatic incident.

He said to check in with the children and teens. Do not

"One of the things is checking in themselves, see what they're bringing into the conversation, make sure they're not burdening them with their own worries.

Pieper said also to turn the TV off, less of the media exposure to it, especially the younger ones that do not know what 's going on .

Click to the right for resources if your child or teen needs to connect with CAP after a traumatic incident.