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What is Trauma: Social Story

Cartoon of a man with his hand over his mouth, something bad has happened to him.

If something really bad happens to me, I might have a lot of bad feelings.

Cartoon of two women talking, one is saying

When something bad happens, and I feel bad about it, this is called trauma.

Cartoon of a man in a hoody looking very scared.

When something bad happens, I might feel scared.

Cartoon of a woman yelling, she is feeling angry.

When something bad happens, I might feel angry.

Cartoon of a man with his hand on his head, he is worried.

When something bad happens, I might feel worried.

Cartoon of a woman sitting on the floor, she looks tiered .

When something bad happens, I might feel tiered all the time.

Cartoon of a woman sitting in her home looking out the window. She is alone.

Sometimes, I might want to be alone.

Cartoon of a student sitting at his desk, he has his hands over his ears. He is feeling stressed.

When something bad happens, it might be hard for me to think.

Cartoon of two men sitting at a table talking. One is saying

If something bad happens, I should practice ways of telling people how I feel.

Cartoon of a woman breathing out. She looks stressed.

If something bad happens, I can practice ways of feeling better.

Cartoon of a man thinking to himself

Trauma can take a long time to get better.

Cartoon of a woman with her arms crossed, she is smiling, she looks content.

I should remember that the trauma is not my fault.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.