Coping skills that can be taught to children:

POSITIVE THINKING

Children can be encouraged to learn and practice positive thinking, even in the aftermath of a disaster. Counselors can help children identify their negative thoughts and write challenge statements for them. Here are some examples:

  • My school is not safe anymore.
    Challenge: I have been in school for 10 years with no problems; this event was on one day.
  • Nothing is the same any more.
    Challenge: I still have friends and a mother that loves me.

Children can also be taught to write and practice "cheerleading” statements. Here are some examples:

  • I can get through this; I’m strong!
  • I lived through it, therefore I am strong and can take care of myself!
  • Things are hard now, but they will get better!
  • I still have people who care about me!
  • The bad part is over, and I’m safe now!