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What are some resources and activities for parents and teachers to use during Sept 11 anniversary events?

Helping America Cope.

This updated guide contains information and activities to help parents and children cope with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and will assist with fears and feelings in the wake of the attacks, the ongoing war on terrorism and continued terrorist threats. The book is designed for use with children 6-12 years of age, however many of the activities have effectively been adapted for use with older children.


Dealing with the September 11 Tragedies: Helping Children Overcome Prejudice

ParentLink's Tips for Helping Your Children Deal with the September 11, 2001 Tragedy

The Anniversary of Sept. 11: A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Talking to your Children
The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence has developed a guide for the anniversary of September 11.

The Role of Memorials in Helping Children Heal
National Association of School Psychologists
This article reviews how memorials have the potential to assist children in integrating the past with the present, and building hope for the future. Suggestions are made to assist school personnel in structuring activities and planning long-term physical memorials that promote healing and move students beyond the initial disaster.


Talking to Children About Terrorism and Armed Conflict

by Judith A. Myers-Walls
Here is an excellent summary of research and practical suggestions about talking to children about war and terrorism. This is good resource for educators who want to understand about the most effective ways to work with children on these issues. This article was written after the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Terrorism and Children,

Judith A. Myers-Walls
This is a collection of resources and ideas about helping children deal with war and terrorism in general. This may be most helpful as background material for teachers.


Warmline Available for Parents and Teachers Call 1-800-552-8522

If you have concerns about children you care for related to the 9-11 Anniversary or any other stressful event, please contact ParentLink at the University of Missouri. ParentLink provides a warmline that is answered by professionals who are willing to talk through stressful issues:

ParentLink can help parents deal with issues related to discipline, sexuality, special health needs and much more. You can reach ParentLink by calling 1-800-552-8522 (M-F, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) or by sending email to


Sandi Lillard, MSW, LCSW, ParentLink, 4-H, University of Missouri Kimberly Downs, MS, CFLE, ParentLink, 4-H, University of Missouri Kim Leon, Former Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri




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