Eleven years ago, during the tragic events of September 11th, Dr. Richard Levin wrote a paper focusing on victims who struggled to understand and comprehend the horror that they had witnessed: the children. The goal was to provide a resource for parents and caretakers who were tasked with helping these children through such an incredibly difficult time.
It is with extreme sadness that I re-introduce this document. My hope is that the families and children affected by the horrific events that occurred today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT can find the support they need to endure such a frightening experience. The paper explores the possible reactions that children might demonstrate and how to help, focusing on five age groups (ranging from under three through adolescence).
I encourage parents and caretakers to download this paper (a downloadable version can be found here: Children and Stress or on our website, here: http://www.richardlevinassociates.com/publications.html) and use it as a guide when navigating such a horrendous situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newtown, CT.
Written by RLA Associate Meghan Vincent. For more information, Meghan can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org