Resources for How to Talk to Children about the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

The staff and trustees of Washburn Center for Children join the nation in mourning the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of children’s mental health, and our commitment to helping kids cope with their mental health struggles remains steadfast.

To help parents handle the aftermath of this crisis and offer tips on how to talk about it with their children, we pass along these resources:

    • Resources for Coping with School Shootings and other Traumatic Events has helpful articles posted by Minnesota’s Association for Children’s Mental health.

    • Talking to Children about the Shooting  from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has helpful tips on communication with children about the shooting, common reactions to disturbing news and suggestions for how caregivers can serve as positive role models for children and help them develop coping skills.

      • Tips for Parents on Media Coverage from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has suggestions on how to address media coverage on disturbing events with children and encourage helpful and healthy communication in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster.

  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do, a booklet by The National Institute of Mental Health, discusses ways to help children and adults handle violence and disasters, including lists of common trauma symptoms for young children, school-aged children and adolescents.