Talking to Children about Traumatic Events

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School tragedies such as the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida affect us all. Here are some helpful resources to help in dealing with the trauma.

The Center for Parenting Education: When Disaster Strikes: Talking to Children about Traumatic Events.

Talking to children about tragedies from the National Center for Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at www.grievingstudents.org. There is also a link in this resource to a blog from Child Trends (https://www.childtrends.org/resources-help-children-wake-school-shooting/) with even more resources and suggestions for talking with school-age children about tragic events such as school shootings.

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement resource guide offers advice on how to talk to children about tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks, that they are likely to hear about at school and/or on the news. Download the resource here or visit www.schoolcrisiscenter.org to learn more.

Resources compiled by Louise Wilson, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.