Following Friday's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the Department of Education has provided a number of resources to help parents in the wake of traumatic events, as well as a host of resources to help schools prepare for and recover from crisis.
Below is a list of resources specifically designed for parents and guardians to provide guidance on talking to children after a traumatic event:
- Tips for Adults on How to Talk with Children About Connecticut School Shooting [PDF]
Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma [PDF]
- Spanish - Ayudando a Niños(as) y Familias a Enfrentarse con el Trauma [PDF]
- Childhood Traumatic Grief Educational Materials for Parents [PDF]
- Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events: A guide for parents and educators [PDF]
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters [PDF]
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters [PDF]
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In a message to schools around the country, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shared some resources from the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.