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Helping Children After a Disaster

Adult and child holding hands underwater

Helping a Child After a Disaster

Courtesy of Shelley Swenson
UF/ IFAS Wakulla Extension


A disaster can make a child afraid, more afraid than you. A child can mix up real fear and make-believe fear. This is okay  .How can a parent help? Don’t leave the child alone in a new place. Stay together to show you won’t go away.  Tell the child about the disaster. Tell the child you were afraid. Talk with the child.  More suggestions on helping children cope…

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