Posted: 5:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
A CLOSER LOOK CONNECTICUT SHOOTINGS AFTERMATH
Simple things you can do
* For children troubled by traumatic incidents like the Sandy Hook shootings, Mimi Sinclair advises families to sing comforting lullabies or “I love you” songs. “If those kinds of songs aren’t part of your family tradition, they should be,” she says. “For children, the most important thing is to get them back into their routine and help them feel safe. You want to reinforce that where they are now is safe.”
“It’s OK to say you’re feeling sad,” Sinclair says. “If sad music doesn’t work for you, consider playing something that’s more upbeat and happy.”
For more information on music therapy, contact the American Music Therapy Association: www. musictherapy.org
Art therapist Gretchen Miller recommends families keep art supplies in the house — crayons, colored markers, white paper.
To find a professional art therapist, go online to www.buckeyearttherapy.org.