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Resources for Talking with Children About Tragedy

In the wake of the events that took place in Chattanooga recently, families may be questioning how to talk with their child. Below are some resources that can help.

Helping Children Cope With a Disaster

"Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about.  They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.  Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family.  Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2013/09/helping-children-cope-with-a-disaster/ 

HOW TO HELP KIDS FEEL SAFE AFTER TRAGEDY
BY GRACE HWANG LYNCH

http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/help-kids-feel-safe.html   


National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking to Children about the Shooting


http://www.nctsnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/talking_to_children_about_the_shooting.pdf