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The Child Care Association of Illinois family extends our thoughts and prayers to the families, school  family and community impacted by the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. Here are some reliable resources to help parents and caregivers talk with children about this tragedy and their natural fears and insecurities.


Educational Resources for Parents and Teachers

American National Red Cross. (2001). American Red Cross materials dealing with terrorism and

unexpected events. Retrieved from HERE


- Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma: on-line brochure designed for parents

and care givers

- When Bad Things Happen: on-line brochure designed for junior high school students

- Why Do I Feel Like This?: on-line brochure designed for high school students

- Facing Fear: Lesson Plans Book & Activities Book: Curriculum Materials for K-12

covering feelings, facts, perspectives about events, and preparing for the future.


American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Reactions and guidelines for children following

trauma/disaster. Retrieved from HERE


Federal Emergency Management Agency. (1989). After the disaster: A children’s mental health

checklist. Retrieved from HERE


Federal Emergency Management Agency, & American Red Cross. (2001). Helping children

cope with disaster. Retrieved from HERE


Hamblen, J. (2002). PTSD in children and adolescents: A National Center for PTSD fact sheet.

Retrieved from HERE


International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). (2000). Children and Trauma.

Center for School Mental Health Assistance

Crisis Intervention: A Guide for School-Based Clinicians

Retrieved from HERE


National Association of School Psychologists. (2001). Children and fear of war and terrorism:

Tips for parents and teachers. Retrieved from HERE

 Monahan, C. (1993). Children and trauma: A parents’ guide to helping children heal. New

York: Lexington Books.

Myers-Walls, J. (1999). Talking to children when the talking gets tough. Retrieved from HERE

 Purdue Extension. (n.d.). Strategies for parents and teachers. Retrieved from HERE

Samarzija, J., & Myers-Walls, J. A. (n.d.). Helping children cope with stress. Retrieved from HERE


Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation. (1999). Helping a child manage fears after a traumatic

event. Retrieved from HERE


Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation. (2001). When a terrorist act occurs. Retrieved from HERE


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