• April 2004
  • Vol. 5, No. 3

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Helping Children Cope with Crisis

A cooperative effort among the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Black Child Development Institute, and other organizations serving the African American community to provide resources for parents to use with children in times of crisis has resulted in An Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis. The activity book includes guidance for parents, as well as a series of activities to help parents communicate with their children and promote a sense of safety in children and strength within the family. Some of the topics include:

  • Helping your child feel safe
  • Giving your child information that is age appropriate
  • Making a plan with your child for emergencies
  • Identifying signs of stress in your child

Each chapter of the book focuses on an activity such as a poem, art project, song, or craft. Also included is a quotation or proverb, a list of supplies, background on the activity, instruction, notes to parents, and additional information. Activities are designed for children ages 5 to 12 years old.

The activity book can be ordered or downloaded from the NICHD website at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/cope_with_crisis_book/Pages/index.aspx.

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