JCFS clinicians have gathered several resources with guidance about how to support children in the wake of tragedy (like the one in Israel).

How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War

Common Sense Media provides tips and conversation starters to help adults talk to students of different ages about the toughest topics.

These articles from the American Psychological Association can help adults and teachers guide young children and middle school-aged beyond fear to resilience.

Resilience in a Time of War: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children

Resilience in a Time of War: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children

We recognize that bad things can happen all the time and traumatic events impact everyone differently. JCFS communication and trauma focused specialists created a social story that can be edited to meet a person's specific needs. 

A social story is a social learning tool developed to support the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals and people with autism of all ages. These are great for individuals who are nonverbal communicators but can be very useful for EVERYONE.

We are providing two communication boards as well as an editable social story and a social story focused on the Israel Hamas War prepared by professionals at Keshet.

If you have any questions about how to process an event in your or a loved one's life, or need additional support, contact JCFS Chicago at 855.275.5237 or Ask@JCFS.org.

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