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Docia Shares a Story About Earthquakes

by Docia Zavitkovsky
May/June 1994
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Whether it is a flood, tornado, fire, hurricane, or earthquake, people respond to what is happening in a variety of ways. Young children who experienced the recent rocking, rolling, shaking earthquake and aftershocks in southern California let us know through their behavior how stressful and traumatic it had been.

In children's centers where emergency plans were in place, staffs were able to respond quickly and appropriately to children who needed attention and reassurance.

One activity that proved to be particularly helpful was giving children the opportunity to draw pictures and dictate stories about the earthquake they could share with children in their group. It gave them the opportunity to express and work through some of their fear, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.

The following is Casel's picture and story.

Earthquake - It was night and the world came down and it was shaking and people on top of the moon they didn't know what to do cause it was shaking too much.

It was too much for a whole week, the people couldn't sleep anymore and the kids in the houses screamed and yelled and slept in the car. . . . Then the world went up and down and up and down. ...

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