“I don’t know” may mean many things

What do you think a child means when he says “I don’t know”? Especially when you’re talking about a traumatic event, such as the sudden death of his father? During the expert forum on Children and trauma (June 9 in Utrecht), communication specialists Joyce Lamerichs and Marca Schasfoort  zoomed in on interactions between children and professionals talking about traumatic experiences. The main conclusion of their analysis: don’t think too quickly that a child doesn’t know or doesn’t want to answer. Children may have many reasons to say that they don’t know, and sometimes still come up with answers afterwards.

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