Helping Students During Crisis

Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.

  • Limit exposure to television and the news.

  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

Suggested Web Sites

American Psychological Association

  1. Managing Traumatic Stress
  2. Building Your Resilience
  3. Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
  4. Helping Your Child Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

American Pediatric Association

American Red Cross

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

FEMA

Contains information about "Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children."

Develop strategies for discussing today's headlines with chlldren. Learn how to calm their fears and stimulate their minds.

The Child Mind Institute

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


The goal of the School Violence Resource Center is to help reduce violence and violence-related behavior in American schools. Resources available include a fact sheet on school violence and prevention issues, training for school resource officers and flip charts designed to serve as a quick reference for school administrators and teachers on how to react to school emergencies, including student violence, student injuries, child abduction, fire and natural disasters.
 


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign helps the public be prepared in case of national emergency

Dealing with Natural & Man-Made Disasters

Advice on how to help students recover from traumatic events.

Information on how to help children deal with disasters. 

Natural Disasters

The American Psychological Association (APA) Health Center

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Man-Made Disasters

The American Psychological Association (APA)

School shooting prevention tips

Helping Youth and Children Recover From Traumatic Events

  1. NEW! Tips for Adults on How to Talk with Children About Connecticut School Shooting   [PDF, 190 KB]
  2. NEW! Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma (SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network)   [PDF, 319 KB]
    Spanish - Ayudando a Niños(as) y Familias a Enfrentarse con el Trauma   [PDF, 328 KB]
  3. NEW! Childhood Traumatic Grief Educational Materials for Parents (SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network)   [PDF, 123 KB]
  4. NEW! Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 700 KB]
    Spanish  [PDF, 328 KB]     Japanese  [PDF, 254 KB]     Chinese  [PDF, 975 KB]
  5. NEW! Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 246 KB]
    Spanish  [PDF, 328 KB]     Japanese  [PDF, 254 KB]     Chinese  [PDF, 975 KB]
  6. NEW! Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 246 KB]
    Spanish  [PDF, 328 KB]     Japanese  [PDF, 254 KB]     Chinese  [PDF, 975 KB]
  7. NEW! Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 246 KB]
    Spanish  [PDF, 328 KB]     Japanese  [PDF, 254 KB]     Chinese  [PDF, 975 KB]
  8. NEW! Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events: A guide for parents and educators (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 1.4 MB]
  9. NEW! Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters (SAMHSA)   [PDF, 700 KB]
  10. Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)  [PDF, 3.5 MB]
  11. Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events (SAMHSA)  [PDF, 6.2 MB]
  12. How to Support Grieving Youth (Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program)
    Accessible at https://www.maine.gov/suicide/parents/support.htm
  13. Listen, Protect, Connect-Model & Teach: Psychological First Aid (PFA) For Students and Teachers (REMS TA Center)  [PDF, 429 KB]
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