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Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event [downloadable]

SAMHSATipsforTalkingWithKidsafterDisasterChildren respond to trauma in many different ways. Some may have reactions very soon after the event; others may do fine for weeks or months, and then begin to show troubling behavior. Knowing the signs that are common at different ages can help parents and teachers identify problems and respond appropriately.

Download the “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers” fact sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), to learn to recognize the common reactions of children after experiencing a disaster or traumatic event. It highlights reactions by age group, offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way, and recommends when to seek support.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration |Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/tips-talking-helping-children-youth-cope-after-disaster-or-traumatic-event-guide-parents/sma12-4732| public domain, last updated 2012

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