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Understanding the Impact of Natural Disasters on Children

by Sunbeam Family Services

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Sunbeam Family Services will host two, free community workshops on how to talk to children about natural disasters, specifically the tornadoes that have affected our community.

On Thursday, May 30th, Sunbeam will offer “Understanding the Impact of Natural Disasters on Children” at 12:00 to 1:00 PM and again at 6:00 to 7:00 PM, in the Training Room at Oklahoma City Educare, which is located at 500 SE Grand Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

Parents, teachers, and other community members are invited to participate in the workshop, which will explore how children perceive disasters, common reactions in children to disasters, what happens in our brains after a disaster, simple strategies to calm your child’s fears after a natural disaster and how to discuss this disaster or any trauma with kids.

“Even if you were not directly affected by a loss after the tornado, families and children are likely feeling the stress of this disaster,” says Traci Bartley Young, Sunbeam’s Mental Health Coordinator. “We wanted to offer a chance to parents and caregivers to come and connect with other parents and professionals in the community to get some ideas about how to best help the children in their lives at this trying time.”

Space for this free workshop is limited; click here or call 405.528.7721 to reserve your seat. This workshop is approved for one hour of Social Work CEU.

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