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Dr. Asha Shajahan on Children and Trauma



Senior Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan was a guest on FOX 2 Detroit to discuss ways to help children and families exposed to traumatic events such as school shootings.

Following the death of four students during the Michigan mass shooting on November 30, 2021, Asha along with Dr. Sarah Kiperman explained how to approach relatives dealing with fear and grief following traumatic experiences.

For Asha, there are several warning signs that can tell us if children need professional support following trauma. These can be signals such as lack of sleep, avoidance, excessive worrying, nightmares or physical symptoms like headaches.

Watch Asha’s recent interview on this this FOX 2 Detroit page.

Asha also discussed the topic of helping kids heal after a school shooting in this Psychology Today blog article. In this post, Asha explains that learning to cope will build resilience. To learn more, read the article here.

Asha is one of thirty 2020-2021 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.