ERIC Number: ED392533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
When Disaster Strikes: Helping Young Children Cope.
Farish, Jane M.
Young children may experience stress and emotional problems in reaction to natural and other disasters. This brochure presents a number of strategies for teachers and caregivers to use to help children cope with this stress. These strategies include: (1) providing reassurance and physical comfort; (2) being aware of separation anxiety; (3) maintaining familiar daily patterns; (4) encouraging children to discuss, write, draw, or act out their experience and feelings; (5) reading aloud from storybooks with child characters who cope with stressful situations; (6) including play therapy in the curriculum; (7) aiding children in peaceful conflict resolution; and (8) creating emergency plans for future disasters. Providing family/parental programs and working with parents, as well as personal coping strategies for teachers and caregivers, are also discussed. Typical symptoms of stress in young children are delineated. Contains 15 references for children's books and 10 for further adult reading. (JA)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Caregivers, Childhood Needs, Coping, Crying, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Programs, Emotional Problems, Emotional Response, Family Programs, Fear, Helplessness, Natural Disasters, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Play Therapy, Preschool Teachers, Separation Anxiety, Stress Management, Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1426 (Order NAEYC No. 533, $0.50 each; 100 copies, $10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Family Support; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Regressive Behavior; Sleep Disorders; Traumas