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Children may require special attention after experiencing a disaster. Four common fears children have are death, darkness, animals and abandonment. In a disaster children may experience any or all of these. You should encourage children to talk about what they are feeling and to express this through play, drawing or painting.
A child's reaction to a disaster may vary depending on age, maturity and previous experience. In all cases it is important to acknowledge what happened and take time to talk with children about their fears.
Some behaviors you may find children exhibiting after a disaster include:
Parents and other adults can help children come to terms with their feelings in several ways.
If additional help is needed for adults or children, contact a community resource such as a counseling center, minister or mental health agency.
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