Tips for Talking to Children After a Disaster

Children respond to trauma in many different ways. This information may help parents and teachers identify the signs, recognize problems, and respond appropriately to children and toddlers coping with trauma, change, and loss.

Children from age 1 to 5 find it particularly hard to adjust to change and loss. These youngsters have not yet developed their own coping skills, so they must depend on parents, family members, and teachers to help them through difficult times. Full text» [PDF, 321KB]

Tips for Talking to Children After a Disaster. A Guide for Parents and Teachers. HHS/SAMHSA. 2005. English. [PDF, 939KB].

Last Reviewed: February 2010

Last Updated: December 15, 2014