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Responding to Crisis of Stress

As a teacher, you need to be familiar with the various types of stressors than can precipitate a crisis for both students and families. Reflect on the many types of crisis or stress a student or a student's family may be experiencing. Review Figure 5.1 in the attachment, choose one (1) Horizontal Stressor and discuss how you will address this issue with your student and family. Include suggestions and at least two outside resources for both the individual student and the family as a whole.


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Unpredictable: Untimely death


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The National Association of School Psychologist says talking to children about death must be geared to their developmental level, respectful of their cultural norms, and sensitive to their capacity to understand the situation. Children will be aware of the reactions of significant adults as they interpret and react to information about death and tragedy. In fact, for primary grade children adult reactions will play an especially important role in shaping their perceptions of the situation. The range of reactions that children display in response to the death of significant others may include:

• Emotional shock and at times an apparent lack of feelings, which serve to help the child detach from the pain of the moment; • Regressive (immature) behaviors, such as needing to be rocked or held, difficulty separating from parents or significant others, needing to sleep in parent's bed or an apparent difficulty completing tasks well within the child's ability level; • Explosive emotions and acting out behavior that reflect the child's internal feelings of anger, terror, frustration and helplessness; *Acting out may reflect insecurity and a way to seek control over a situation for which they have little or no control; *Asking the same questions over and over, not because they do not understand the ...

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The expert responses to crisis of stress.