Meeting the unique needs of children during and after a disaster.
- Keep familiar routines to the extent possible.
- Take care of yourself: children do better when their caretakers are not stressed.
- Talk about the event with your child and as a family in an age-appropriate manner.
- Engage children in play activities such as drawings and story-telling
- Provide older children with constant updates of what is going on in regards to their ability to return to school and other activities that have been temporarily suspended.
- Listen carefully and observe your child’s behavior.
- Do not expose children to news and/or images of the disaster.
- Provide opportunities for children to see friends and supportive adults.
- Encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings through words, play, writing, drawing, and other mediums as appropriate.
- Notice changes in sleep, appetite, mood, and overall disposition.
- If you notice a significant and persistent change in your child’s behavior, consider seeing a professional counselor.
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