Disasters have a way of making everyone feel tense and it is often hard to calm oneself. Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster is a free book that may be helpful in lowering your stress and the stress experienced by your children and other family members. Disastershock contains 24 different practical stress-reduction exercises for parents, adults, and children. It differs from many other disaster coping materials in that the exercises are described in a clear, step by step fashion that makes implementing them easy. The majority of the exercises are based on extensive research demonstrating their effectiveness in reducing strong stress.
My name is Gabriela Ibarra Ramirez and I am a school social worker with Chicago Public Schools. I have spent this academic year implementing my school change project as part of my participation in the School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program at Loyola University-Chicago. This project was born out of a desire to better support parents of children with identified special needs.
This was the first of our special LunchTime LiveChats During the COVID-19 Crisis, with SMHAPP student and SSW Liaison for Clark County (NV) Tonya Hernandez stepping in as my co-host. We discussed her recent webinar on SSWNetwork, “Providing School Mental Health Supports Online: Loyola SMHAPP Students Taking The Lead,” which as of this writing has been viewed on our SSWN YouTube channel over 4,300 times. We will be having our LunchTime LiveChats over on our SSWNetwork from 11-Noon Monday, Wed., & Friday until the crisis is over. Hope to see you on a future chat!
A big thanks to all the fantastic school clinicians who joined me today for this LiveChat–we’ll be back at the same time next Saturday 3/28, and we’ll have plenty of information, resources, and community activities to share with you between now and then as well, here at SSWNetwork and in partnership with SSWAA.
Starting this week, we will focus on the stressors our parents experience with trying to take care of their children with special needs. First, we will ask you to answer this question over at SSWNetwork: Based on the paragraph excerpt above, how does having a child with a disability impact the parents at your school?