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SPIRIT Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education  March 2010  · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
Soothing the Soul. When we hear about local or world tragedies, it troubles our spirit. Sometimes we are spurred to help through fundraising or other service activities, but sometimes it causes us to experience fear, anxiety or depression. This month, we’re discussing how to talk with children about natural disasters, and help calm their fears and soothe their souls. It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit.
It’s Only Natural: How to Talk to Your Children about Natural Disasters  Since the recent devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chili, news outlets have bombarded us with disturbing images of human suffering, sadness and death. As adults, we often feel overwhelmed with the imagery, constantly asking ourselves, “why?” This uncertainty is also felt by children, leaving them with mixed messages about the reality of a natural disaster. They become frightened because they don’t truly understand how a disaster can affect them, their family and the world around them.  As parents, adults and caregivers, we need to help our children understand and cope with the effects of natural disasters. Taking the time to talk and follow effective steps, like the ones listed below, can help to ease a child’s fears, giving them comfort during times of uncertainty.  Encourage questions. This will help you recognize what your child already knows, while also giving you the opportunity to provide child-friendly answers.  Give them the simple facts. Try to explain the disaster in simple terms, and assure your child that they are safe.  Show respect. Validate your child’s fears. Let them know that it’s okay to be afraid or concerned.  Turn off the TV. Limit your child’s exposure to news about the disaster. The more they are exposed, the more they can be affected.   Yes, you can help! If your child wants to help the affected areas, encourage them to do so by donating or volunteering. Helping others not only helps children learn about empathy, it also shows that people will be there to help during tough times. Service Spotlight  Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  MindWorks Testing TAKS testing is coming up and many parents will soon discover where their children are excelling or failing academically. Sometimes bright students earn low grades, leaving parents wondering why their child is struggling. MindWorks Testing, a program of the Krist Samaritan Center, offers psychological testing just for these types of issues. We test for:  •	Gifted and Talented •	Learning Disabilities •	ADD and ADHD •	Developmental Delays •	Emotional/Behavioral Problems •	And much more  To learn more, visit www.mindworkstesting.org. To make an appointment, call 281.480.7554. Love is the beauty of the soul.  ~ Saint Augustine
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