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Helping children cope with DISASTERS, SHOOTINGS, TRAUMA

Very young children may not have the words to describe their feelings, so
  • STAY CALM.
  • Help them to describe their feelings.
  • Give physical comfort- snuggles and cuddles.
Older children might feel afraid and overwhelmed.
  • STAY CALM.
  • Explain what happened in simple terms:
    Answer only the question that’s asked.
  • Limit exposure to news coverage on television, radio and the internet.
Children often take their cues from the important adults in their lives
  • STAY CALM!
  • Watch the news together so you can answer questions.
  • Take breaks:  Watch light-hearted shows, take part in other family activities.

For more on this topic, visit this page from the American Psychological Association and this one from the American Red Cross.

And you can find out about “sheltering in place” when you go to this link from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

This isn’t meant to frighten anyone.  You might find that being familiar with something decreases the fear.  Whether there’s a threat of violence at work or at school, or you’re in the path of a big storm, being prepared- having a plan- helps to cut down the anxiety.