Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Reston Psychological Center, P.C.
Dr. Sherwood is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice at Reston Psychological Center, P.C., in Reston, Virginia. She specializes in parenting, family, and women's issues. She has extensive experience with clients with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties in clinical, community, and school settings. Dr. Sherwood received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 2000. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Virginia Psychological Association, the Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology.
What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?
Dr. Hayley Sherwood discusses what to tell a young child about a school shooting.
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Host: What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?
Dr. Hayley Sherwood: For a preschooler who has seen or heard media reports about a school shooting it is important to acknowledge how scary the incident is, perhaps by saying that looks pretty scary doesn't it? Explain that there where some people who did a very dangerous thing and hurt others. Reassure your child that you and others in the community will do all you can to make sure he or she is safe. Help your child to remember and identify how much safety there is in his or her life.
If your child had not seen or heard media reports do not bring it up. However if your child's behavior suddenly changes or he or she is afraid to go to preschool or daycare, you can ask if he or she has seen or heard something that is scaring them, then you need to talk about it. 1