In the aftermath of the Las Vegas Tragedy on October 1, 2017, our South Bay community is mourning the loss of several residents, including a MBUSD teacher and a MBPD staff member, as well as a parent at Rolling Hills Prep School. In addition to dealing with that grief, we have heard from many parents that they are grappling with how to communicate tragedies, like this one, to their kids. On this page of the SBFC website, we hope to help connect you with some information and resources that will support you during this challenging time. Remember, we're all in this together.
Talking With Our Kids about Traumatic Events
Ann Pirkl, M.A., MFT, shares specific communication strategies and insight for parents in this original five-minute SBFC video.
Below you will find national resources and guides for talking with, and supporting your kids
This outstanding PDF from SAMHSA provides parents, caregivers and teachers tips for talking with and helping children and youth cope after a disaster or traumatic event. It is broken out in age ranges 0-5 and 6-19. Also visit this link for helpful hotlines and national resources.
The link above will take you to the NCTSN resource page providing a list of catastrophic mass violence resources.
This article from the Greater Good Science Center out of Berkeley offers nine specific tips for taking with kids about trauma.
The Anti-Defamation Leage offers "Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events."
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