after effects of the Septemeber 11th attack on the United States
along with the current war in Iraq have left many children feeling
vulnerable and frightened. The following resources will help
and support you in your efforts to calm your children's fears.
Academy of Pediatrics: Family Readiness Kit
kit is for parents to use at home to help prepare for most kinds
offers information on grief, grieving, death and dying. Beyond
Indigo offers detailed and heartfelt support and well-managed
Kids has compiled some of the Web's strongest resources for
parents, teachers and community members to help kids cope with
trauma due to disasters, terrorism, war and the media.
Stress in Children
adapted from the Stress and Coping with Disaster Manual from
University Extension in Columbia, Missouri during the Flood
Purdue has a good site that makes recommendations about how
to talk to children about terrorism, war and other stressful
Times, Healing Words: Helping Children Cope
at Sesame Street Workshop developed this website to help children
cope with disaster following the Columbine tragedy. It
includes a list of helpful books.
libraries will have numerous books covering death, terrorism
and general trauma. Your
library's database collection is another resource that you may
want to explore. Check with your librarian if you need help
searching this resource or visit your library online at www.nassaulibrary.org/list/nasslist.html
Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Earl A. Grollman.
fairly comprehensive guide to helping children and adolescents
cope with the emotional, religious, social, and physical aspects
of a loved one's death. Topics range from how adolescents grieve
differently from adults to concrete ways to help children cope.
The Book of Help edited by Michael Cart.
A global viewpoint on the September 11 attacks is presented
through 25 essays, short stories, and poems divided into four
sections: "Healing," "Searching for History,"
"Asking Why? Why? Why?" and "Reacting and Recovering.
Through Crisis: helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change
by Barbara Coloroso.
author demonstrates how parents can help children find a way
through grief and sorrow during the difficult times of death,
illness, divorce, and other upheavals. She offers concrete,
compassionate ideas for supporting children as they navigate
the emotional ups and downs that accompany loss.
Parents Must Have with Their Child About Violence by Dominic
chapter includes an introduction to its topic--violence in the
home, in the media, at school, etc.--and then offers thorough
notes and questions for adults to ponder. Guidelines on how
to launch a conversation with children follow as well as post-talk
notes, which guide parents through an assessment of their dialogue.
September 11th: answering questions about the attacks on America
by Mitch Frank.
Explains the historical and religious issues
that sparked terrorists to attack America on September 11th,
including information on Islam, Osama bin Laden, and the Middle
Children Grieve by John W. James, Russell Friedman, and Leslie
compassionate manual addresses the nature of grief, purges common
myths such as time heals all wounds, and encourages adults to
adopt a more healthy approach to grief themselves, so that they,
in turn, can help children.