How to Cope With a School Shooting

How to Cope With a School Shooting

How common are school shootings?

How common are school shootings?

What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

How can I encourage my child to feel safe at school?

How can I encourage my child to feel safe at school?

What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my school-aged child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my school-aged child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my adolescent about a school shooting?

What should I tell my adolescent about a school shooting?

How can I help my college-age child after a campus shooting?

How can I help my college-age child after a campus shooting?

Should I encourage my child to talk about what happened after a school shooting?

Should I encourage my child to talk about what happened after a school shooting?

Should I share my own thoughts about a school shooting?

Should I share my own thoughts about a school shooting?

Should I allow my child to watch or listen to news reports related  to school shootings?

Should I allow my child to watch or listen to news reports related to school shootings?

Are there any don'ts in how I should talk to my child following  a school shooting?

Are there any don'ts in how I should talk to my child following a school shooting?

What is a normal reaction for a  child to have to a school shooting?

What is a normal reaction for a child to have to a school shooting?

Are there any physical signs that my child is distressed after a school shooting?

Are there any physical signs that my child is distressed after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a preschooler after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a preschooler after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a school-age child after  a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a school-age child after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in an adolescent after a  school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in an adolescent after a school shooting?

Is one child at greater risk for a severe emotional reaction after a school shooting than another?

Is one child at greater risk for a severe emotional reaction after a school shooting than another?

What is Post Traumatic  Stress Disorder?

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

What are the symptoms of PTSD in a child and in an adolescent?

What are the symptoms of PTSD in a child and in an adolescent?

How do I know if my child needs professional help after a  school shooting?

How do I know if my child needs professional help after a school shooting?

What kind of help is appropriate for my child after a school shooting?

What kind of help is appropriate for my child after a school shooting?

What are the goals of professional treatment after a school shooting?

What are the goals of professional treatment after a school shooting?

How can I manage my own  anxiety as a parent after a school shooting?

How can I manage my own anxiety as a parent after a school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my preschooler after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my preschooler after a school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my school-age child after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my school-age child after a school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my adolescent after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my adolescent after a school shooting?

What steps can I take to help keep my child safe in school?

What steps can I take to help keep my child safe in school?

Tips To Cope With a School Shooting

Tips To Cope With a School Shooting

What steps can I take to help keep my child safe in school?

What steps can I take to help keep my child safe in school?

What can I do at home to support my adolescent after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my adolescent after a school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my school-age child after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my school-age child after a school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my preschooler after a  school shooting?

What can I do at home to support my preschooler after a school shooting?

How can I manage my own  anxiety as a parent after a school shooting?

How can I manage my own anxiety as a parent after a school shooting?

What are the goals of professional treatment after a school shooting?

What are the goals of professional treatment after a school shooting?

What kind of help is appropriate for my child after a school shooting?

What kind of help is appropriate for my child after a school shooting?

How do I know if my child needs professional help after a  school shooting?

How do I know if my child needs professional help after a school shooting?

What are the symptoms of PTSD in a child and in an adolescent?

What are the symptoms of PTSD in a child and in an adolescent?

What is Post Traumatic  Stress Disorder?

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Is one child at greater risk for a severe emotional reaction after a school shooting than another?

Is one child at greater risk for a severe emotional reaction after a school shooting than another?

What kinds of reactions are common in an adolescent after a  school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in an adolescent after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a school-age child after  a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a school-age child after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a preschooler after a school shooting?

What kinds of reactions are common in a preschooler after a school shooting?

Are there any physical signs that my child is distressed after a school shooting?

Are there any physical signs that my child is distressed after a school shooting?

What is a normal reaction for a  child to have to a school shooting?

What is a normal reaction for a child to have to a school shooting?

Are there any don'ts in how I should talk to my child following  a school shooting?

Are there any don'ts in how I should talk to my child following a school shooting?

Should I allow my child to watch or listen to news reports related  to school shootings?

Should I allow my child to watch or listen to news reports related to school shootings?

Should I share my own thoughts about a school shooting?

Should I share my own thoughts about a school shooting?

Should I encourage my child to talk about what happened after a school shooting?

Should I encourage my child to talk about what happened after a school shooting?

How can I help my college-age child after a campus shooting?

How can I help my college-age child after a campus shooting?

What should I tell my adolescent about a school shooting?

What should I tell my adolescent about a school shooting?

What should I tell my school-aged child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my school-aged child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?

What should I tell my young child about a school shooting?

How can I encourage my child to feel safe at school?

How can I encourage my child to feel safe at school?

What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

What do we know about individuals who commit violence in schools?

How common are school shootings?

How common are school shootings?

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How to Cope With a School Shooting

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Hayley Sherwood

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Reston Psychological Center, P.C.

www.restonpsych.com  

(703) 437-3236

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