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State Health Department issues advice to Oklahoma parents

The Oklahoma Health Department has put out a list of symptoms children may be exhibiting in the aftermath of the school shooting last week in Connecticut.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: December 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012
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Advice for parents

But families can take steps to mitigate fears and concerns, according to the Health Department.

Adults should talk about the event with children in a clear, honest manner. Avoiding discussion can allow a child's imagination to wander. They may want to talk about the event over and over to make sense of things in their minds.

The days after a traumatic event, children need extra attention and love, according to the Health Department. Spend extra time together as a family and with loved ones. Remind them they are loved. Children can feel safer if adults tell them what's happening next so the future seems less uncertain.

Poor behavior may crop up at home or school, so encourage your children to ask for help. Keep a normal routine, which can reassure children.

Avoid frightening news reports that might bring up scary feelings again.

Families who need help can reach out to local county health departments for such resources as counseling, support and education. For more information, go to www.health.state.ok.us.


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