Are there any don’ts in how I should talk to my child following a school shooting?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Hayley Sherwood discusses the don’ts in how to talk to a child following a school shooting.

    Host: Are there any don'ts in how I should talk to my child following a school shooting? Dr. Hayley Sherwood: According to the American Psychological Association's 2006 publication, 'Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters', after a traumatic event such as a school shooting, parents should not minimize a child's concerns, expect a child to be brave or tough, force the child to discuss the event before he or she is ready. Get angry or be dismissive, if a child shows strong emotions, get upset of a child begins acting out, bed wetting or thumb sucking or ignore severe reactions or sudden changes in behavior, language or emotions.

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