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Alief ISD Guidance and Counseling

Please read through this newsletter for resources in response to the recent tragedy

Alief ISD Guidance and Counseling would like to offer some resources in response to the recent school shooting in Uvalde. We are all very saddened at the events and keep the community in our thoughts and prayers. We know that these situations are difficult to discuss and we hope that this information will assist your family.

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting

  • Start the conversation. Let them know you are interested in them and want to know how they are coping with the information.
  • Find times when they are most likely to talk: such as when riding in the car, before dinner or at bedtime.
  • Listen to their thoughts and point of view. Don't interrupt — allow them to express their ideas and understanding before you respond.
  • Listen for misinformation or misperceptions and gently correct these. Express your own opinions and ideas without putting down theirs. Acknowledge that it is okay to disagree.
  • Reinforce ideas of safety and security. If you know, share what schools and communities are doing to increase safety. Remind them you are there for them to provide safety, comfort and support.

Being a Helper: Supporting Children to Feel Safe and Secure after Disasters

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Additional Resources shared by TEA

Psychological First Aid

The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA; En Español). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. PFA Mobile and the PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provide a quick reminder of the core actions. The PFA online training course is also available on the NCTSN Learning Center.

Additional PFA resources for schools include:

From the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University

Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline – call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

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