In the coming days, you may feel overwhelmed with what is happening in the news about the incident in Connecticut. Your children may also have many questions about what is happening and why - and how their lives are affected by what they are seeing or hearing.
These tragedies are incomprehensible - leaving us with more questions than answers - and often in shock. Below are some resources on helping children learn to deal with and process this situation. Please know that everyone is here for you as we move forward to understand and process what has happened.
Wishing you every comfort,
- The Holland Sentinal, "Helping Children Deal With and Understand Crisis": http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/x1665849680/Help-children-deal-with-understand-crisis
- Kids in Crisis Organization: http://www.kidsincrisis.org
- American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/AAP-Offers-Resources-to-Help-Parents,-Children-and-Others-Cope-in-the-Aftermath-of-School-Shootings.aspx
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, "Talking to Children About Community Violence": http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/resources_for_families/talking_to_children_about_community_violence
- Public Broadcasting System, "Talking with Kids about the News": http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/
- American School Counselor Association - "Helping Kids During Crisis": http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=672
- National PTA – "Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children": http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=985
- The National Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters
- Celebrate Life-Long Learning Blog Post about "Helping Children Deal with Crisis": http://celebratelifelonglearning.blogspot.com/2011/08/helping-children-deal-with-crisis-and.html