Helping Kids Through Tragedy


December 2012

With the recent tragedy of the school shooting in Connecticut this past week, families and children are searching for answers. If you need help explaining this inexplicable tragedy to your children, here are some resources to guide you. 

1) Parent Guidelines For Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

2) Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

3) After The Shooting: Helping Young Children Heal

4) Talking to Children about the Shooting

The above documents all come from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (, an excellent, nationally renown source for access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. 

Rebecca Timme, DO 
Mendocino Community Health Clinic
Pediatrician/Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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