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Radio Smart Talk: How to talk to kids about Newtown shooting

Written by Megan Lello | Dec 17, 2012 8:28 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, December 17:

On Friday, December 14th, a gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut around 9:30am and shot 26 people before killing himself. He'd also shot and killed his mother earlier that day.


Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school, all having been shot multiple times. The Newtown shooting is among the deadliest school massacres in United States history.

In a time when adults are trying to make sense of what's happened, how do we talk to children about it? On Monday's Radio Smart Talk at 9am, we'll hear from Leslie Delp, a bereavement specialist and founder of Olivia's House, a grief and loss center for children in York, about how to broach the subject with young children.

Jackie George, a registered play therapist and licensed clinical social worker at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf, and Dr. Christopher Petersen, a child psychiatrist at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, will join us as well.

Listen to the program:

Below is a link to "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," a blog post written by Liza Long, whose son suffers from mental illness:

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Leslie Delp, founder of Olivia's House and child bereavement specialist, discusses how to answer children when they ask why the Newtown shooting happened.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-17 09:31

    E-mail from Manuel:

    "It was talked about this weekend that the perpetrator 'felt no emotional or physical pain.' This sounds like another child with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder). Can your guest speak to the fact that these people with RAD are capable of such atrocious acts and how society needs to deal with these people who have no empathic abilities?"

  • Meldrum img 2015-04-24 01:19

    Talking with children through radio is such a big thing it really needs much patience and attractive words or stories to gain their concentration. once i have gone through an article in qqueensland-assignment com where i got to know about them. Anyways your doing a good job.

  • johnm img 2015-05-07 05:10

    It is shocking to hear twenty six people lost their lives in this carnage. All this happened due to availability guns to mentally unstable people. This must be stopped and best custom essay writing sites offers me good information about gun related deaths. School management should also take proper steps like deploying security guards and Electronic locking systems to prevent this type of carnage.

  • mattrush img 2015-12-18 02:10

    well its really horrible.It is shocking to hear twenty six people lost their lives in this carnage. All this happened due to availability guns to mentally unstable people.
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