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Reaching Out to Children Following South Asia's Tsunami Disaster

1/6/2005:   CWLA staff have pulled together a list of online resources they hope will be of assistance in helping children cope with the loss of family members in the deadly tsunmai disaster that struck the South Asia region on Dec. 26:
Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study Center
This 68-page guide describes how children grieve at different ages and the specific ways teachers, mental health professionals, and parents can help them with the immediate and ongoing tasks of grieving. Available in English and Spanish.

National Mental Health Association has several online information pages that are easy to read, print and share.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network has many resources available.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
National Institute of Mental Health
This booklet is written for professionals and describes the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents, with suggestions for minimizing long-term emotional harm.
Located on their website.

In addition to these resources, CWLA is holding a Teleconference Jan. 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST, on the impact of traumatic stress on children. The call will feature presenters Donna Humbert and Lekethia Sanford, both with the Trauma Intervention Center for Children and Adolescents in Nashville. To register for the teleconferences, visit our website.

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