RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Tragedy and Taking Care of Children and One Another
December 17, 2012

PCPA staff and members share in the sadness and shock all feel in the wake of the most recent violent incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In our role as community providers, we also share in the responsibility of supporting and guiding communities as they and we struggle to cope with this event. Resource designed to guide efforts to address and mitigate the impact of tragic events include the following.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recommends that adults:

  • Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions;
  • Give honest answers and information, use words and concepts children can understand;
  • Help children find ways to express themselves and to know that people are there to help;
  • Remember that children learn by watching how parents and teachers react and listening to their conversations;
  • Don't let children watch too much television with frightening repetitious images; and
  • Monitor for physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or other pains.

The APA also has Talking to Children about Disasters and Tips for Self-Care in the Face of Tragedy on its web site at http://drbeckerschutte.visibli.com/share/he23Ln.

Additional resources are also available from the:

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