Tips for Helping Your Child Through Traumatic Events

Tips for Helping Your Child Through Traumatic Events
Thanks to the PS255 Counseling Department for these helpful tips!

There are no “right” or “wrong” ways to talk with children about such traumatic events. However, here are some suggestions that may be helpful:

Don’t let children watch too much news coverage with frightening images. The repetition of such scenes can be disturbing and confusing. It is especially important to be aware of this with your children.

Use simple words and concepts children can understand. Gear your explanations to the child’s age, language, and developmental level.

Children learn from watching their parents. Be aware that they also learn from listening to your conversations with other adults. Many of our students have very good receptive language.

Keeping predictable routines is helpful. Let them know what happens next to the degree that you know.

Different children need different things. Some children need to run around, others need to be held.

Just be with your child. Even when you can’t fix things your presence helps your child.

Fortunately most children are quite resilient. Although parents may follow the news with close scrutiny, most children. They may not want to think about or discuss violent events. They’d rather play ball, climb trees, or ride bikes.

Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.”

These tips are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.

Additional information is available from the following resources:
http://www.pbs.org/parents/rogers/special/scarynews-thoughts.html
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress www.cstsonline.org
National Child Traumatic Stress Network  www.ncstn.org
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
American Psychiatric Association www.psych.org
American Psychological Association www.apa.org
American Red Cross www.redcross.org

Family Gym Night This Friday!

 

GYM NIGHT
Friday, November 30, 2012
6pm to 8pm
PS7 80-55 Cornish Avenue Elmhurst

Are you joining us on GYM NIGHT?

This is an opportunity for your whole family to play in a regular size gym. Come meet other parents and children. We have pizza and free play for about 1 hour and then the organized activities begin.

Prepare to be active and wear sneakers!

This school-wide event is sponsored by THE FAMILY NETWORK: Workshops Designed To Support Families and Students With Special Needs.

To RSVP and any questions contact PS255 Parent Coordinator, Daniry Lopez.

PS255Q Receives a Generous Donation!

Payless Shoes has generously donated $1,500.00 to PS 255Q!!!
On behalf of our students, their families and our staff I would like to thank Payless Corporation and Khurram Uddin (Group Leader) and Samuel Acevedo (father of Darwin Acevedo) who presented this gift. It is very much appreciated by our entire school community.

– Principal Richard Marowitz