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    How can you identify stress in children?

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    Children, like adults, can become highly stressed when challenges and particular situations push their coping capabilities beyond the resources available to them. Children are vulnerable to stress because they are still learning and developing their coping capabilities.
    The situations giving rise to stress for a child are similar to those for adults - it could be difficulties with friends, frustration about trying to learn a new skill such as bicycle riding, or annoyance at changes in appearance or physical development.
    Sometimes, children will become highly stressed by the behaviors of others through actions including bullying or abuse.
    Children are particularly sensitive to the stress levels of those around them. A child experiencing high levels of stress may be responding to tensions or difficulties in their home, school or play environment. Children need adults to help them become calm and manage stress in constructive ways.

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