Talking to children about the Sandy Hook school shooting

Ken Wenning, a licensed clinical social worker who is a counselor in Student Health Services, is available to discuss what parents can say to children involved in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"If a child has witnessed the violence, it's important to bring the child close," Wenning said. "Ask them 'What did you see?' 'What do you think was going on?' Give them an opportunity to ask their questions. Reassure the child they're safe and that mom and dad are here."

Wenning said parents should watch their children for changes in their sleep habits, moods, eating patterns and concentration. Be aware about whether they have a heightened fear response. Keep a routine because there is security in routines.

To speak to Wenning, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell).

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