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When A Parent Comes Home Changed: Supporting Young Children Whose Military Parent Has Been Injured

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013 at 2:00 am-3:00 pm EDT

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CE credit is not available for this webinar.

Child care professionals can make an enormous difference in the lives of young children who have a parent who has come home from military service changed. The little things you say and do matter! Whether the injury is visible or invisible, physical or psychological, the caregiver’s role is very important in buffering young children from the unique stress of combat injury.

This web conference will explore:

  • How children at different ages perceive and understand the changes in appearance and/or behavior that result from a parent’s injury;
  • Strategies that child care professionals can use to support young children in their care who have been impacted by parental injury.

Key resources will also be shared to help in supporting the family of an injured service member.

Presenter

Julia Yeary, ACSW, LCSW

As the Director of Training and Resources for Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE, Julia works to establish stronger support for military and veteran families with very young children through training and consultation. Julia received her MSW in 1980 from the University of Hawaii and through most of her professional career has worked with military families, including serving as the Program Director at Camp Pendleton for their New Parent Support Home Visitor Program, working in Family Readiness and Family Advocacy, and volunteering as a spouse mentor. Julia is the author of several articles on promoting strong connections between parent and child, and ways early care programs can partner with military parents. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences across the country and overseas. As a Marine Spouse, Julia has raised her 2 children through multiple deployments.

Event Materials

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Presentation Slides (PDF)

Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military Parent’s Injury: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Supporting Young Children: Combat Stress

Preparing a Child to See an Injured Service Member for the First Time

Talking with a Child about a Parent’s Severe Injury

“Sparrow” by Dorinda Silver Williams – children’s book about a child whose parent comes home changed by injury

Military Families Near & Far (Sesame Street): Changes: “The New Normal” – many tools and resources for families with young children dealing with a parent’s injury

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