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Helping Children Cope With Fear After School Shooting



    Helping children cope with fear after school shooting

    Dr. Donna Pincus talks about how you can help your children overcome fear in the wake of tragedies like the one that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN) - Dr. Donna Pincus, director of Boston University's Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Program, joined NECN's Jim Braude on Friday afternoon to discuss the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 26 people were killed by a gunman.

    Pinkus discussed the ways in which parents can help their children overcome fear in the aftermath of a tragedy like the one that took place in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

    "It's even unthinkable to think about having to talk to your child about something like this, which all of us have been so deeply affected by," Pincus said. "If your child hasn't heard about it, don't necessarily tell them about it; if they did hear about it, you're going to want to talk to them about it in a developmentally appropriate way."

    Part of that, Pincus said, includes making sure children know that this is not something that happens incredibly frequently.

    For more, see the video above.