Friday, December 14, 2012

Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events

Much love, concern, and prayers go out to all of those associated with Sandy Hook Elementary. As parents and teachers around the country help their children cope with understanding what happened and having discussions that will be effective in healing, I'm sharing the following resources:

From PBS Parents: Strategies for Talking to Kids about the News
Talking about the news with kids happens in everyday moments. Children ask questions in the car on the way to school, in between pushes on the swings, and just when you're trying to rush out the door. In one breath, they'll ask about a range of topics — from the weather to the president to the latest war. And when difficult questions come up, parents wonder how to respond.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

From the Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about Traumatic Experiences

From the NYU Child Study Center: Talking to Children Immediately After Traumatic Events

From Military One Source: Helping Children Manage Fears After a Traumatic Event

If you know of other resources, please add them to the comment area below.


  1. How and what to share with your children:

  2. An online colleague of mine, Tom Whitby, shared the following post: Trying to make sense of a senseless act.

  3. Larry Ferlazzo's resources for helping children deal with the tragedy:

  4. From the National Association of School Psychologists:

  5. The links in the comments section are not "LIVE." Please copy and paste them into your browser's URL box.

  6. Cybraryman's Guidance and Counseling links: