Family and Community Resources for Speaking with Children About Traumatic Events
February 20th, 2018
HCPSS has student services teams in every school available to support the social-emotional wellbeing of children every school day. During times of increased stress caused by traumatic events occurring close to home or viewed on the news, there is an increase of required services. Our schools are equipped with the resources to support children during the school day, and we want to make sure parents and community members have resources to speak to children outside of school hours.
As always, if parents/guardians have any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or any member of the administrative team.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides the information below to parents and educators to talk with children about school violence.
- Talking to Children About Violence
- Addressing Grief
- How Children Cope With Ongoing Threat and Trauma
Additional reminders from NASP include:
- Reassure children that they are safe
- Make time to talk
- Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate
- Review safety procedures
- Observe children’s emotional state
- Limit television (and social media) viewing of these events
- Maintain a normal routine
NASP PDF files will download directly to your computer after following the links below:
- Conversando con Niños Sobre la Violencia: Sugerencias para Padres y Maestros
- 和孩子談論暴力事件: 為家長和老師提供的提示
- 폭력에 대해 아이들과의 대화를 나누기에 관한 교사와 부모를 위한 정보
Additional translations are available on the NASP site.