Hurricane Sandy Resources for Families

Millions of people up and down the East Coast felt the force of Hurricane Sandy in late October. But though life is back to normal for many families, thousands are still struggling with the destruction and the disruption the storm caused—to homes, to utilities, to communities. In times like this children are uniquely at risk to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, but with proper support they are also uniquely capable of employing their natural resilience. This section is dedicated to information and advice that can help affected families through the aftermath of Sandy, and beyond.

 

Trauma Signs and Symptoms

After Sandy: Five signs of trauma in children

After Sandy: Five signs of trauma in children
Evidence that a child might not be recovering in a healthy way in the weeks and months after a disturbing event.  READ MORE

 

Spotting Sandy’s Lasting Effects on Kids

Spotting Sandy’s Lasting Effects on Kids
Dr. Jamie Howard discusses symptoms of traumatic response to the hurricane.  WATCH VIDEO

 

 

Resilience and Recovery

How to Help Your Child Cope With Tragedy

How to Help Your Child Cope With Tragedy
What parents can do to aid kids in processing grief and fear in a healthy way.  READ MORE



How to Foster Resilience

How to Foster Resilience
A community of caring adults—and peers, too—can be critical in helping a child recover from a traumatic experience.  READ MORE


The Teacher's Role When Tragedy Strikes

The Teacher's Role When Tragedy Strikes
Helping students cope with loss and anxiety starts with inviting them to talk about it.  READ MORE

 

 

Trauma Basics

A Look at Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD

A Look at Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD
We look at two related disorders and why families should be on the lookout for some time to come.  READ MORE

 

What Makes an Event Traumatic for a Child?

What Makes an Event Traumatic for a Child?
Trauma is a process—a failure of recovery—explains Dr. Steven Berkowitz. What happens before and after an event influence how severe the injury will be.  READ MORE

 

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