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Temasek Foundation KITS

Temasek Foundation KITS (Kids in Tough Situations) is a pilot programme, in collaboration with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) which aims to build our community capabilities to support and help vulnerable children who face emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties, of mild to moderate severity, following a traumatic event.

The three year pilot programme strives to bring trauma treatment to the community and provide accessible therapy for children, as well as raise the community’s awareness and knowledge about trauma, its impact and how and when to seek treatment.

The Temasek Foundation Cares KITS programme aims to train 60 school counsellors, community social workers and therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) to benefit up to 1,920 children and care-givers. It also aims to reach out to 7,000 teachers, students, parents and members of the public.

Download Temasek Foundation KITS brochures:

Coping with Trauma (for children) – ENGLISH
Coping with Trauma (for teens)    – ENGLISH
Coping with Trauma (for parents) – ENGLISH
Coping with Trauma (for parents) – CHINESE
Coping with Trauma (for parents) – MALAY
Coping with Trauma (for parents) – TAMIL



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Know more about how trauma affects children

Every child can have a different reaction to a traumatic event. The impact may not always be physical; there may be emotional and behavioural effects as well. Here are some common reactions after a traumatic event:

  • Feeling fearful, worried or sad
  • Sleep problems or nightmares
  • Changes in appetite, eating problems
  • Difficulty concentrating (eg. problems with schoolwork)
  • Having thoughts about event ‘pop up’ at unexpected times
  • Repeatedly talking or thinking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places or things associated with the traumatic event
  • Being easily startled or ‘edgy’
  • Being irritable or aggressive
  • Complaining of headaches, tummy aches, or other minor illnesses
  • Refusing to go to school or go out

Younger children may also show behaviour such as:

  • Clinging to parents or other adults
  • Having regressive behaviours(e.g. bedwetting, thumb sucking)
  • Fear of the dark or being alone
  • Crying or throwing tantrums
  • Playing in a repeated way about the event or accident

Parents can also sometimes experience stress reactions such as:

  • Worrying excessively about their child’s safety
  • Being overly protective or ‘on guard’ even when there is no need to
  • Getting upset at reminders of what had happened, especially if their child is in pain
  • Feeling anxious about taking care of their child’s medical needs on their own

Source: Coping with Trauma: What Parents Can Do (A brochure by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Adaptation by the KKH Psychosocial Trauma Support Service from information sheets developed by the Medical Traumatic Stress Working Group of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to help your child

As a parent, there are many ways you can help your child recover from his/her trauma. Here are six things you can do to help your child.

Source: Coping with Trauma: What Parents Can Do (A brochure by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Adaptation by the KKH Psychosocial Trauma Support Service from information sheets developed by the Medical Traumatic Stress Working Group of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Many children feel better within a few days or weeks, with support from family and friends. However your child may need extra help from a professional if he/she:

  • Is still upset, jumpy or worried for more than a few weeks after the incident(s).
  • Is doing worse in school or does not want to go back to school.
  • Has new fears or phobias
  • Has become withdrawn or depressed.

If you are worried about any of the above signs or symptoms in your child, please consult your child’s doctor.

You may also consult the following community-based programme partners for more information:

AMKFSC Community Services

  • AMKFSC Ang Mo Kio, Tel: 6453 5349
  • AMKFSC Cheng San, Tel: 6454 6678
  • AMKFSC Punggol, Tel: 6435 5323
  • AMKFSC Seng Kang, Tel: 6312 8100
  • AMKFSC Youth Infinity, Tel: 6454 6678

PAVE

  • PAVE Ang Mo Kio, Tel: 6555 0390
  • PAVE, Siglap, Bedok, Tel: 64488850

Fei Yue Family Service Centres

  • Fei Yue FSC, Bukit Batok, Tel: 6569 0381
  • Fei Yue FSC, Champions Way, Tel: 6690 1000
  • Fei Yue FSC, Choa Chu Kang, Tel: 6762 5215

Tampines Family Services Centre Tel: 6787 2001

KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital

If your child suffers from severe emotional or behavioural symptoms following a traumatic event, you can contact KKH’s Psychosocial Trauma Support Service at Tel: 6394 8050 or email: lim.xin.yi@kkh.com.sg