Monday, April 23, 2007

Dealing with Trauma

The recent terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech has affected many households in many different ways. As parents, caregivers and concerned citizens, there may be times when you notice how tragic events and the continuing media coverage of these events may affect the young children in your lives. Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, has collected research and information on how stressful events affect the lives of young children. Two handouts they have created for parents are: Little Listeners in an Uncertain World and Circle of Trust.

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library also has resources available for you and your children on the topics of stress, grief, trauma and reassurance.

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes and illustrated by Cary Pillo (2000).

"After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better."

Take time to reassure your young child, so that they feel loved, safe, and secure in uncertain times. Cuddle up with a feel-good book such as these:

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram (1995).

"During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more."

Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz (2006).

"A loving mother counts the hugs she gives her baby throughout the day."

For other suggestions or reference assistance, contact your Youth Services Librarians at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 541-766-6794.

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