To help parents whose children may be experiencing stress after the earthquake, a helpful book has been made available for free download. Described as a psychological first aid guide, it is by New Zealanders and will also help schools and librarians working with children.
After Disaster: Responding to the psychological consequences of disasters for children and young people by Peter Stanley and Sarah Williams.
The free download has been made available by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Peter Stanley and Sarah Williams are registered psychologists. The guide contains research-based information to help teachers, librarians and parents to understand children’s likely immediate and longer-term responses to disaster. It includes ideas of questions to prompt classroom discussion and activities to help students work through their experiences. Parents, Libraries and Schools are welcome to download all or parts of the book and share it with their communities.