Responding to Diasters
The Girl Scout Leadership Expereience is all about helping girls be leaders in their daily lives while preparing them for future leadership roles.
Click here for the girl-friendly tip sheet, "What Can a Girl Scout Do When Diaster Strikes?"
Resources for Dealing with This Tragedy
Girl Scouts of Connecticut has compiled an excellent list of resources for parents and volunteers working directly with girls to assist in discussing this tragedy with children and helping with the healing process:
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
"Tips for talking with and helping children cope after a disaster."
• National Association of School Psychologists
"Talking to children about violence: tips for parents and teachers" and
"A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."
• American Red Cross
• New York Times
"Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting."
• National Child Traumatic Stress Network
"Talking to Children about the Shooting."
• Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications
"Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News."
• American Psychological Association
"Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting."
• Save the Children
"How to help Children Cope with a Crisis."
• Nurturing Parents and Teachers
"How to talk to Your Children About the Connecticut Tragedy."
• Connecticut Commission on Children
"Helping children and adults cope with events like the Newtown school shootings."
• National Institute of Mental Health
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do
• Massachusetts General Hospital
How Can Parents Help children After a National Tragedy?
• An Exchange article by Diane Levin
"When the World is a Dangerous Place - Helping Children Deal with Violence in the News."
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events."