After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope

After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope

by Cathy Grace

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When a crisis shakes a child’s life, it is often up to teachers to recognize and identify signs that the child is suffering from continuing stress, and to help parents make appropriate decisions regarding next steps. Although most teachers cannot provide therapy to children under traumatic stress, they already have the tools they need to help children cope: storybooks.

The literature-based activities in After the Crisis help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children’s books, teachers can use the discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities in After the Crisis to promote children’s ability to cope and heal.

After the Crisis addresses numerous crises that can affect a child:
• Earthquakes • Epidemics and mass casualty incidents • Floods • Hurricanes • Tornadoes and major storms • Shelter experiences • Volcano eruptions • Death of a loved one

After the Crisis is the companion book to Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876595947
Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cathy Grace has served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education and assisted school districts in the implementation of public kindergarten throughout the state. Working with the Department of Human Services, Cathy coordinated the development of a family support/family preservation program that is now a statewide model. Cathy has served as President of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, has served on the nomination panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and represents Mississippi on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also received the Outstanding Member of the Early Childhood Association in 2000.

Cathy Grace has also held the title of Executive Director of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), which gave her an opportunity to assist in the professional development of early childhood educators across the Southern United States. She has spoken to groups across the country on behalf of children and families.

Cathy Grace lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.


Teachers, caregivers, directors, and administrators of children ages 3-6

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