Catastrophe in Japan: Helping Children Cope and Comprehend
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Catastrophe in Japan:
Helping Children Cope and Comprehend
"First it was this monster earthquake, followed quickly by the tsunami. Now
there's the possibilitiy of nuclear disaster. Normally the effects of a trauma
are related to how far away one is. But with TV bringing intense images right
into our homes 24/7, we are all affected - our children even more so."
I've written on and given interviews about too many variations of this topic
over the last several years. Starting with the 1994 Northridge earthquake in
Los Angeles, through the LA riots following the Rodney King verdict, the
horror of 9/11, over to Katrina, the Haiti devastation, the Chilean
minors, and more. And each time I believe it's important to remind ourselves
how to help our children. Here my latest version continues, published in the
The emotional effects of watching such a catastrophe can be tremendous.
Children and teens can feel especially helpless when they see these images of
the devastation, including homeless and injured Japanese children and orphans
on the news. Kids absorb worry and sadness from their parents, or from
classmates who have family ties in Japan.
One of the difficulties experienced by parents is that they have not had
adequate time to deal with their own reactions when they are called upon to
deal with the impact on their children.
Emotional reactions vary in nature and severity from child to child. Their
responses to a disaster are determined by age, previous experiences,
temperament and personality, as well as the immediacy of the disaster to their
If you know a child who is showing signs of stress, worry or fear that may be
related to the Japanese earthquake and its aftermath - such as stomachaches,
sleeplessness, bedwetting, or moodiness - I'd like to offer some ideas about
how to help kids comprehend and deal with such a catastrophe.
Please read the rest of my Huffington Post article for:
* Tips to Help a Child Cope
* How Kids Can Help Japan Right Now
* How Kids Can Help When The Crisis Has Calmed, But Donations Are Still Needed
Please share your thoughts and children's experiences. You can add your
comments at the end of this Huffington Post article.
For more on this topic, see "Earthquakes, Floods, Terrorist Attacks, and More"
in Chapter 7.
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