Tuesday, April 16, 2013


How to handle this situation:

1. Try to keep your children away from the
, especially. They do not need to see
dozens of hours of details of bleeding
people. Also, keep newspapers and radio
broadcasts away and don't forget that the
internet will be full of videos and gory
accounts of the mayhem.

2. Explain to your loved ones that this is an
isolated incident that that they do not have
to worry
. You are keeping them safe. Explain
that the police have the situation under
control. Reassure your loved one that their
routine will remain the same.

3. Control your reactions when around your
Ideally, do NOT discuss this
situation in front of young children. Your
children do not need to see their parents
stressed, angry or fearful. Even teenagers
will get extremely anxious if they see their
parents very concerned, angry and fearful.
Remember, they are relying on YOU to keep
them safe. Do not let them see you worried,
anxious and angry
. While I realize this may
be upsetting, consciously try to keep your
emotions in check around your autistic loved

4. Ask your children how they are feeling. It
is important for them to be able to express
their fears and emotions. Be reassuring. Be
loving. They need you to provide the safety,
security and routine in order to feel safe.

Evil exists in the world. But it is isolated. Do
not let your children see killings, bombings
and terrible events endlessly on the TV. They
will begin to think this is all around them.
Remember, folks on the autism spectrum
often lack the emotional maturity of others
their age. When in doubt shield your children
as much as possible from any negative news.

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