2013-08-02 / Community

Helping Kids Understand

By Dan Guarino

Children in the Rockaways, Broad Channel and other areas that were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy may be one of the groups which need the most help dealing with its emotional aftermath.

Project Hope and Counseling in Schools are working together to present a special city-wide event called “Calm Before The Storm- Helping Your Children Understand Bad Weather.”

According to a release from both groups, as “memories of Hurricane Sandy,” parents may be asking “How can I help my child feel safe? What reactions should I look for? How do I explain bad weather to my child (in the wake of the storm)?”

Two sessions will be offered, one at Beach Channel High School, at 100-00 Beach Channel Drive, on Thursday, August 8th, at 6:30 p.m. and one at the Smallwater Center at 183 Beach 96th Street on Wednesday, August 14th at 7 p.m.

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to get answers to the above question, meet trained Project Hope counselors and get practical support, guidance, advice and support.

The storm has been hard on both adults and children. For more information, please call 1-800-Lifenet. Callers can speak confidentially with someone free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lifenet can refer callers to a Project Hope counselor in their area.

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