After The Storm

Hurricane Season 2005 Special Edition

This special edition of After The Storm was created to better address some of the needs of children and families impacted by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The book includes information on how to assist children who have been displaced by the storms and activities that children can complete no matter where they are located.

Similar to effects from other traumatic events, hurricanes can have a great impact on the psychological functioning of children as well as adults. Studies conducted after previous hurricanes show that many children suffer stress reactions, which may last long after a storm has passed. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have been particularly devastating as many families have been forced to move far away from their homes, family and friends.

Mental health services for children and families are a vital part of any disaster relief effort. It is important that caregivers and other adults who work with children (teachers, paraprofessionals, relatives, etc.) have the ability to recognize signs of distress and understand what to do if a child needs assistance. All too often, parents ask: "What should I tell my child?" "How can I tell if these events are bothering my child?" "What can I do to help my child cope?"

With these concepts in mind, 7-Dippity, Inc. and Dr. Annette La Greca, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami, have developed After The Storm: A Guide to help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane.

After The Storm contains information, activities and coping strategies to help parents and children cope with their reactions and feelings resulting from a hurricane and its aftermath. The material is designed in an interactive format, with adult and child-specific pages containing information and activities targeted for the intended audience. In some sections, "joint" activities are included to further enhance resilience by encouraging positive coping interactions between children and adults. The book is designed for use with children 6-12 years of age, but much of the information and activities can be adapted for use with older or younger children.

To download a free copy of After The Storm: Hurricane Season 2005 Special Edition,
please click on the cover below.


Hurricane Katrina/Rita