Oregon School Counselor Association, Inc
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Help Students Deal With the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

01 Nov 2012 9:22 PM | Anonymous

Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Although we were not directly affected in Oregon, the images and conversations have likely influenced our children. School counselors may be called on to help some children deal with the aftermath of the storm or another crisis or emergency. ASCA has gathered a number of resources to help you work with students during this time.

Perhaps most important to keep in mind, are these tips for helping children in terms of crisis and stress: 
* 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 sometimes bad things happen.
* Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
* Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

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