Regression: The child may start to behave in a manner that is below their developmental stage. For example, a child that could previously dress themselves now needs help from an adult.
Change in behaviour: The child’s normal behaviour changes. For example, a child that was previously reserved and quiet becomes very extroverted, loud and disruptive. Sometimes a loud child will become quiet and reserved.
Experience “pockets of sadness” sudden sadness then equally suddenly happy (also referred to as puddle jumping)
Underachieving or over achieving: The child who was previously excelling at school may start under achieving and a child who previously did not do well, becomes focused on excelling.
Suppression of emotions: The child may not express their feelings or emotions and it may seem that they do not miss their dead loved one.
Premature sexual relationships: The child who has experienced a loss is more vulnerable to becoming involved in sexual relationships from a young age.