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Help Your Students Cope After Natural Disasters

Strategies to support your students in all-new educator and family toolkits from Discovery Education.

Natural disasters can cause massive destruction, and the loss of life and property. Although families, educators, and communities immediately begin the hard work of restoring their homes, schools, and businesses, many children continue to struggle with feelings of insecurity and loss. Some of them may even develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can have a serious impact on their home and school life.

Discovery Education has developed all-new educator and family toolkits to help students recover and deal with trauma following natural disasters, such as hurricanes. These toolkits aim to prepare teachers, families, students, and the larger school community for natural disasters before they happen, and identify a range of resources to help teachers and parents understand the following:

  • The meaning of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Who experiences PTSD
  • How natural disasters can increase the chances of developing PTSD
  • How children deal with trauma
  • The signs of PTSD in children and adolescents
  • How to help prevent PTSD
  • How to help children and adolescents deal with PTSD

To learn the signs and causes of PTSD and support your children as they cope with the aftermath of natural disasters, explore all-new resources below for educators and families.

Family Toolkit

Learn strategies to identify PTSD and help your children deal with trauma following natural disasters.


Educator Toolkit

Explore educational approaches to prepare your students for natural disasters and cope with resulting PTSD.

*Please note that these toolkits are not exhaustive. Educators and parents are encouraged to seek additional help for children and adolescents who exhibit signs of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.