TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY (full document) -
We are extremely saddened by the tragic events of Friday, December 14, in Newtown, Connecticut. The Mental Health America organization has a number of suggestions for how to talk to children about something so tragic and horrific.
Included below are several references/resources for helping children and parents cope with crisis and traumatic events. Additional resources can be accessed through the links in the left sidebar.
National Association of School Psychologists
Tips for school administrators for reinforcing school safety
Talking to children about violence – Tips for parents and teachers
Disaster: Developing a Crisis Response Plan
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Tips for talking with and helping children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event.
National Association of School Psychologists - Coping
Coping with crisis – Helping Children with Special Needs.
Helping Children Cope: Tips for Parents and Educators
Dealing with Death in the Schools
National Association of School Psychologists - Counseling
Death and Grief