Helping Students Cope

Many students find school a haven amidst turmoil in their lives. Youth coping with the deployment of a parent have one more critical change to handle. Find information, videos and activities to support your work with this unique population.

Typical Student Behaviors Discover common reactions children of various ages have to a parent's deployment Children tend to react to a parent's deployment in certain predictable ways. Learn behaviors you can expect to see in your students as they go through a deployment. Ideas to Help Students Cope Find strategies to help children of all ages cope with the challenges of a deployment Many students use school and their school relationships to help them cope with the challenges of a parent's deployment. Through lesson plans, counseling groups and school-wide activities, find ways to make your school supportive of military students. Military Youth Coping with Separation Listen to real kids share their thoughts and feelings about deployment Dr. Keith Lemmon, a military pediatrician, interviewed military youth coping with a deployment and captured their real-life experiences on film. The video and related group materials are useful both for personal awareness and professional viewing with students or teachers. Stress Management Plan Teens can make a stress-reduction plan for coping with deployments or any life stress Learning ways of coping with stress is useful for everyone. This stress management tool is designed for military youth coping with a deployment, but anyone can fill in their own stressors and learn great coping strategies as they make a personalized plan. Stress Detective Kids learn about the impact of stress on the body in this fun, interactive activity Children may not understand how stress can impact their body and behavior. In this engaging activity, kids learn about the body's reaction to stress and make their own stress management plan. Tough Topics Explore material for children and parents on grief and injuries of war Military youth may have to cope with the injury or even the death of a deployed loved one. Explore a wide variety of marerials designed for both children and parents who are coping with these difficult life experiences.