Accordion Blues

A story about the experience and recovery of a single traumatic event age 5 to 8

This story shows the natural recovery process after experiencing a single traumatic event. Pierre leads a happy life, until one night there is a burglary in his house. This has a big impact, Pierre doesn’t feel safe and happy anymore and experiences post-traumatic stress symptoms. Luckily for Pierre, he has a lot of supportive friends. After time passes by the symptoms decrease and he starts to enjoy life again.


  • Anger, anxiety and low mood
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Concentration problems
  • Hyper alertness


This story is about a squirrel, called Pierre, that experiences a burglary at his house. This event has a big impact on Pierre. Afterwards he has difficulties going back to his normal happy life. The story shows different symptoms children can have after experiencing a traumatic event. Such as concentration problems, emotional problems, flashbacks and nightmares.

Most children that experience a single traumatic event, recover from these symptoms within a few weeks, with the support of loved ones. The aim of the story is to show this natural recovery process. The story is not about a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, when post-traumatic stress symptoms keep interfering with daily life for a longer period of time.


  • Trauma related information in the story is based on information in the Toolkit Child and Trauma, a booklet and website by Psychologist and trauma researcher Dr. E. Alisic

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