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Tornado Damage is More Than Physical
At Children's Hospital of Illinois, our hearts go out to the children and families affected by the recent tornadoes that swept through Central Illinois. Many children have lost their homes, pets, memorabilia and toys. They may also see anxiety and fear in parents and caregivers.
In the aftermath of such an event, it is difficult for parents and care providers to know how to comfort, recognize signs of psychological impact and provide information to children. As we lift the families up in our prayers, we offer these resources to help.
The following specific tips and resources were provided by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- When children are exposed to situations that are traumatic they may have difficulty understanding or may develop a range of stress-related symptoms. Adults may need to take steps to promote adjustment and help children cope.
- Resources such as the After the Injury: Helping Parents Help Their Kids Recover website (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) provides tools and resources to help providers support children and families.
- For more information, please visit Children & Disasters or http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/tornadoes
- For questions or direct assistance, contact the national AAP at DisasterReady@aap.org
For information about local counseling and other mental health services, contact us at 309-624-9782 or visit Mental Health/Resource Link.