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Crisis Management Toolkit - Stress

How children react to stress depends upon both the child and the source of stress. A child suffering stress due to crisis may have a greater need for the understanding and support of family members, and may require more specialized care and counseling than normal. The following resources may help you better understand stress in children and how to help them deal with stress after a crisis.

Helping Children Cope with Stress
Article by Joanne Samarzija, Child Development and Family Studies and Judith A. Myers-Walls, Extension Specialist, Human Development, Purdue University
Helping Kids Cope with Stress
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Stress: Taking Charge
Prepared for Iowa State University Extension by Virginia Molgaard, Human Development and Family Studies. Edited by Lily Auliff and Carol Ouverson, communication specialists. Designed by Lynn Ekblad.
Available Documents:
DoDEA Crisis Management Guide
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Crisis Management Guide is a resource designed to assist school administrators and other personnel in understanding effective crisis management procedures and the role of the crisis management team. A major focus of the guide is on Incident Response Planning.
Psychological First Aid for Schools
When bad things happen children and adolescents are the most vulnerable victims