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What You Can Do With Your Children After a Disaster

Do you know children who have survived a disaster? Many children are survivors of disasters, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fires, violence, terrorist attacks.

Going through those experiences can be very frightening, very traumatic, and children are particularly susceptible.

Studies have shown that children who experience an initial traumatic event before they are 11 years old are 3 times more likely to develop psychological symptoms than those who experience their first trauma as a teenager or later.

But children are able to cope better with a traumatic event if parents, friends, family, teachers, and other adults in their lives support and help them deal with their experiences. Help should start as soon as possible after the event.

Whereas it is very important to give children the help they need remember that some children may never show distress because they don't feel upset. Others may not give evidence of being upset until several weeks or even months later. Other children may not show change in behavior but they may still need your help.

After a Disaster will give you ideas on how you can help your children cope with a disaster and help them return to normal life again.
Content areas:
  • Behaviors children may show after a disaster
  • Things parents can do
  • Strengthen your children's self-concept
  • Activities for children
Resources for adults and children are listed at the back of the booklet.

More related resources
Sold Out After Crisis - http://SoldoutAfterCrisisGuides.net
FEMA for Kids - http://www.ready.gov/kids
Help Kids Cope With Frightening News - http://www.childmind.org

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