Local Therapist Offers Advice For Talking With Children

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COLUMBIA - Parents across the country will spend the coming days helping their children understand Friday's deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

KOMU 8 News spoke with Dr. Sharon Cantrell-Brush, a Columbia therapist who assists children in times of trauma.

She offered these tips for parents communicating with their children in the wake of Friday's mass shooting.

  • Limit their exposure to the news coverage.
  • Encourage them to express their feelings. Say "tell me more" to elicit more discussion to better address their fears and concerns.
  • Stay calm and in control. Don't let them see you distraught. Kids pick up on their parents' cues.

Dr. Cantrell-Brush said parents should never be ashamed to seek therapeutic help for their children.