Responding to the Connecticut Shootings: Talking to Children About Violence


We recognize that the impact of the tragic events that occurred on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, is being deeply felt in homes and families across the country.

The individuals we serve, as well as our own children, may see coverage or overhear discussions about the school shootings. It can be difficult to have conversations about these topics with loved ones or others. Because of that, we would like to provide you with some resources that might be helpful.

These resources feature tips about how to talk to children of all ages about the complex and frightening topic of violence, particularly in schools:

Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs

Helping a Child Living with Autism to Deal with the Newtown School Tragedy

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do

Talking to Your Children About the Recent Spate of School Shootings

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Helping Children Cope With Tragic Loss

Groups: Autism Not to Blame for the Violence

We also recognize that these events may affect each of us personally and professionally. We strongly encourage anyone who needs help or support to reach out for assistance.