Natural disasters wreak havoc and devastation, affecting millions of families every year around the world. Recently, we’ve had several disasters in the United States, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes. It is difficult enough for us adults to deal with the heartbreak and pain of loss and having to start over. It can be even more difficult for our children to cope after these types of crises. As parents, we have to know how to respond to our children’s needs and help them learn healthy coping skills to survive after trauma. To help us learn what we need to know to help our kids cope after a natural disaster, I asked Dr. Betty Lai to share her expertise with us.
About our expert: Betty Sao-Hou Lai is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Lai’s research focuses on how children and families respond to disasters and other traumatic stressors. To find out more about her work, please visit: http://sites.gsu.edu/lailab/.