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Friday On The Morning Zone: Kids’ Coping Skills, and Wy. Perspectives

Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
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Today on The Morning Zone we will, once again, explore those issues that put our children and families at risk, and will further discuss the effect of this week’s congressional action on the fiscal cliff and, we’ll open the phones for you, too.

7:07AM MST: Licensed Professional Counselor, Renee’ Hanson and Child Advocate, John Frentheway, will join host Dave Chaffin to discuss findings that show kids are resilient in coping with trauma. They might not want to talk about the gunshots or the screams. But their toys might start getting into imaginary shootouts.Last week’s school shooting in Connecticut raises the question: What will be the psychological fallout for the children who survived? For people of any age, regaining a sense of security after surviving violence can take a long time. They’re at risk for lingering anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder. But after the grief and fear fades, psychiatrists say most of Newtown’s young survivors probably will cope without long-term emotional problems.”Kids do tend to be highly resilient,” said Dr. Matthew Biel, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.And one way that younger children try to make sense of trauma is through play. Youngsters may pull out action figures or stuffed animals and re-enact what they witnessed, perhaps multiple times.

8:07AM MST: Wyoming Perspectives…We are joined by economist Sven Larson and former Wyoming legislator, Amy Edmonds will be discussing more of the details on the end result of the recent Congressional action, particularly here in Wyoming.

9:07AM MST: Open lines…This is your chance to to weigh in on the important issues on your mind. 1-888-503-6500 toll fress or 307-632-6500 or 632-3323 locally.

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