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Free superstorm Sandy coloring book can help kids cope
“The Great Storm and Flood Recovery Children’s Story and Activity Book” is a free, downloadable coloring book to help children affected by storms cope with their feelings.
“Children may have feelings of anxiety,” says Andrew Malekoff, executive director of North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights. “They need to be helped to see that it’s normal to have these kinds of feelings in an abnormal situation. It’s something that can help them to recover and help parents to identify how much their kids might be struggling or suffering.”
The coloring book includes a parent guide and comes in English and Spanish at the following links: English — mentorresearch.org/Documents/StormFloodColoringBookParentGuide.pdf; Spanish — mentorresearch.org/Documents/SpanishFlood%20StormRecoveryParenting.pdf.
The first edition of the coloring book was written in 1995 by a therapist named Mike Conner after he and his wife and young daughter and their Golden Retriever were forced to leave their home because of flooding in Oregon. It was subsequently used to help families after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.