Well­ness Arti­cles

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing With Chil­dren About Dis­as­ters

The events of Sep­tem­ber 11th affected every­one per­son­ally in some way. Chil­dren were also affected, and prob­a­bly more than we think. Just from watch­ing news broad­casts chil­dren have been impacted in ways we are only begin­ning to notice. Teach­ers are even report­ing that in art classes, small chil­dren are draw­ing chill­ing pic­tures of the Twin Tow­ers with planes crash­ing into them.

The Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics has released some points of advice to assist in help­ing children’s emo­tional health. These points were pub­lished on Sep­tem­ber 12, 2001 on the Intelihealth web site. The points they advise are:

  • It’s impor­tant to com­mu­ni­cate to chil­dren that they’re safe. Given what they may have seen on tele­vi­sion, they need to know that the vio­lence is iso­lated to cer­tain areas and they will not be harmed. Par­ents should try to assure chil­dren that they’ve done every­thing they can to keep their chil­dren safe
  • Ado­les­cents in par­tic­u­lar can be hard hit by these kinds of events and par­ents might want to watch for signs such as: sleep dis­tur­bances, fatigue, lack of plea­sure in activ­i­ties enjoyed pre­vi­ously, and ini­ti­a­tion of illicit sub­stance abuse.
  • Over­ex­po­sure to the media can be trau­ma­tiz­ing. It’s unwise to let chil­dren or ado­les­cents view footage of trau­matic events over and over. Chil­dren and ado­les­cents should not watch these events alone.
  • Adults need to help chil­dren under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of these events. Dis­cus­sion is crit­i­cal. It should be stressed that the ter­ror­ist acts are ones of des­per­a­tion and hor­ror — and that they’re not about pol­i­tics or reli­gion. Chil­dren should know that lash­ing out at mem­bers of a par­tic­u­lar reli­gious or eth­nic group will only cause more harm.

    Chi­ro­prac­tors also rec­og­nize that this time of stress effects, and is affected by ner­vous inter­fer­ence from sub­lux­a­tions. It is there­fore very impor­tant that chil­dren be chi­ro­prac­ti­cally checked for sub­lux­a­tions and adjusted as needed.

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