In the wake of the Asian Tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the ongoing aftermath, adults and children all over the world witnessed the awful power of nature. What Happened to MY World? Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe was developed as a resource for parents, teachers, and anyone working with children.
The goal of the book is to help adults peer into the minds of children, from infancy through the teenage years, and understand their fears, their grief, and their struggles to understand why, through the acts of nature or human beings, the ground under their feet can disappear and the world can become a very frightening place. It is to help both those who experience and survive catastrophe first hand, as well as the children who witness from a distance and wonder what it was like or whether they will find themselves in similar circumstances.
The What Happened to MY World? Facilitator's Guide is based on content in What Happened to MY World? Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe. It will assist you in facilitating sessions to help parents, professionals, and volunteers working with children develop strategies for supporting children in a crisis.
It's never easy to be a parent, teacher, or one who works with children. The task of supporting children and families is made even more challenging during times of catastrophe. While What Happened to MY World? is a response to the 2004 Asian Tsunami and the devastation of 2005's Hurricane's Katrina and Rita and their continuing aftermath, the insights apply to other natural disasters and personal and societal calamities. Bringing people together to talk about supporting our children in troubling times has real value. The What Happened to MY World? Facilitator's Guide is designed to help you facilitate those important discussions.