FEATURE — Read for Resilience Program Helps Young Children Cope After a Disaster

EXTENSION CREATES READ FOR RESILIENCE PROGRAM
In response to the March 13, 2019 disasters, Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team created the Read for Resilience program. The team identified nine children’s books to support their coping and understanding feelings after experiencing a disaster, loss and/or grief. Then team members developed reading guides to accompany the books to provide parents and caregivers with age-appropriate probing questions to explore children’s thoughts and feelings. The guides also include suggested activities to further extend children’s ability to process their feelings and experiences. Parents and caregivers of youth can receive up to five free books through this program (approximately a $100 value).  

More information on the Read for Resilience Program can be found from the Lancaster Extension Office in an article written by  Jaci Foged, Extension Educator, Lancaster County.