Helping Children When Disasters Occur

We have been challenged by a seemingly endless string of natural disasters. This has greatly impacted our sense of safety and we may struggle with how to make sense of things. We are knocked off our center and hope can seem illusive.

This can be especially hard when you have children, or care for them in schools, or other settings. You want to provide comfort, but are feeling vulnerable yourself. You may not know how to be reassuring when you have so many unanswered questions such as, where you will be living, or working, or when you might be able to provide a stable routine. Perhaps you have also suffered the loss of love ones.

This “advice” from the APA http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/disaster-articles.aspx may offer some guidance and a place to start. Reaching out to family, friends, clergy, pediatricians and counseling professionals may also support you in navigating your way through all the uncertainty.

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