Color A Child's Way to Healing in the Aftermath of Katrina - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/05

Color A Child's Way to Healing in the Aftermath of Katrina

Helping children digest the destruction and chaos left by Hurricane Katrina can be a heavy task. Experts say talking and listening are good first steps. Dr. Jack Naftel, Child Psychiatrist, University of North Carolina says, It's helpful for children not only to talk about it, but figure out ways to master this trauma."

Tapping into a favorite childhood activity, psychiatrists at the University of North Carolina came up with a creative way to help children achieve that sense of mastery, an interactive coloring book filled with activities designed to help children understand natural disasters.

Dr. Naftel says, "Helping the child plan ahead, things they can do to be safe if this occurs again." There are also tips for children who weren't in the storm's path but who are feeling anxious.

You can download the coloring book by clicking here .

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