After the Crisis

Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope

After the Crisis
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  Author: Cathy Grace, Elizabeth Shores
ISBN: 9780876591291
Publisher: Gryphon House
Paperback   - Also available as an eBook
Pages: 64,  © 2010
Item: 13492
Price: $9.95


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When a crisis shakes a child’s life, it is often up to teachers to recognize and identify signs that the child is suffering from continuing stress, and to help parents make appropriate decisions regarding next steps. Although most teachers cannot provide therapy to children under traumatic stress, they already have the tools they need to help children cope: storybooks.

The literature-based activities in After the Crisis help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children’s books, teachers can use the discussion starters, writing activities, and art activities in After the Crisis to promote children’s ability to cope and heal.

After the Crisis addresses numerous crises that can affect a child:
·    Earthquakes
·    Epidemics and mass casualty incidents
·    Floods
·    Hurricanes
·    Tornadoes and major storms
·    Shelter experiences
·    Volcano eruptions
·    Death of a loved one

After the Crisis
is the companion book to Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know.


"These companion books, based on hard-learned lessons from the Katrina disaster, should be read by all entrusted with the physical and emotional well-being of our youngest and most vulnerable children."

Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

"This unprecedented resource book is very informative and user-friendly. This will certainly give teachers the tools to help children understand various disasters that are possible as well as heal better if they experienced one.

Jody Martin, Vice President of Education and Training, Creme de la Creme

"Excellent collection of targeted children’s books! Every center should have this book."

Marcy Guddemi, Ph.d., Executive Director, Gesell Institute of Human Development

"...This book is relevant for every teacher, whether the (children in their classroom have) experienced a disaster or seen devastation on television."

Suzanne Gellens, Executive Director, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children

Cathy Grace

Cathy Grace has served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education and assisted school districts in the implementation of public kindergarten throughout the state. Working with the Department of Human Services, Cathy coordinated the development of a family support/family preservation program that is now a statewide model. Cathy has served as President of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, has served on the nomination panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and represents Mississippi on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also received the Outstanding Member of the Early Childhood Association in 2000.

Cathy Grace has also held the title of Executive Director of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), which gave her an opportunity to assist in the professional development of early childhood educators across the Southern United States. She has spoken to groups across the country on behalf of children and families.

Cathy Grace lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elizabeth Shores

Elizabeth F. Shores, M.A.P.H., is the associate director for research, communications, and national initiatives of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University.

Elizabeth was the editor of the journal Dimensions of Early Childhood and director of publications for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) from 1990 to 1995. She also has published articles, book chapters, and monographs on the early history of developmental disabilities services in Arkansas, monographs on K-12 reform and child welfare reform in Arkansas, social studies curricula, and articles in various parenting publications.

Elizabeth Shores lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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