The healing effect of school on children’s lives

Psychologist Hale Forgetz noted that children affected by the earthquake are enrolled in schools in many provinces of Turkey and warned about how to communicate with these children.

Schools can help return to normal life

To express that in their daily lives, children spend most of their time in school, Psk. He does not forget: “That is why the child’s daily routine makes the child feel safe. Schools represent the usual routine and facilitate the return to normal life through education. Schools have an important healing effect on the child’s ability to continue life after the traumatic event, to feel safe and to develop social skills. Socializing at school, participating in games and activities opens up space for easy communication of the child’s needs and a sense of normalcy.

A warm environment can be provided in the classroom

PS. Hale Forgetz, on how teachers should approach children from the earthquake zone, said: “First of all, order must be created in the classroom, you can avoid questions that would harm the children affected by the disaster by the students in the classroom. You can provide a supportive, warm, social environment in the classroom. You can inquire about the normal reactions people have after traumatic events. You can do activities that allow children to express their feelings. You can adapt the classroom learning activities to the needs of the children. You can set up a solidarity group at school or in your class for children affected by the disaster. You can strengthen the interaction between family and school to promote the healing process. If you still see psychological symptoms in children over time in the classroom, don’t forget to inform the families of the children who need professional support.

Participation should be encouraged

PS. Hale Forgetz, on the other hand, made suggestions to the families about how they should behave in the event of children affected by the disaster coming to their children’s classes at school, saying, “Don’t ask nosy questions about the affected child and his family (where did he come from, what did he feel, did his relative die, etc.) Explain that he should not ask questions, that he should ask himself or his teacher if he is curious about anything, and that if his friend wants something tell him to support his listening Explain that participating in their games and communicating in class can help them meet other students in class Emphasize that the student is going through difficult times and more understanding, needs compassion and tolerance. What the child who experienced the earthquake needs in the first process is for the school, teacher and peers to surround him. Be careful not to talk pathetically about r children affected by the earthquake in front of your children. Try not to pay too much attention to the children who come from the earthquake zone, but try to understand their feelings with them. If you want to help, you can get help from your teacher or guidance service.

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