“Trauma is not in the event itself; rather, trauma resides in the nervous system.”
Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing TM
This is the premise of body-based therapy.
When the body goes into shock, the nervous system can become de-regulated, triggering bodily sensations and increasing the notion of fear.
Helping children become aware of their bodily sensations, will lead them to natural self-regulation. But first, we must regulate ourselves. We must be grounded before we can offer help to our children.