INSIDE ® Published by Comprehensive Network, Inc. on behalf of its participating companies, dedicated to health care, education, and bilingual staffing and management services. © 2002  All rights reserved www.comprehensivenet.com 718 339-9700 by Elisheva Schlam Crunching through flaming yellow and red leaves as we waited for the school bus last  month,  my  four  year  old  son,  Mo, turned  to  me  and  asked,  “Where  are  the policemen going to throw the mess  from  the  World  Trade Center?” His face lit up with a wicked smile as he suggested, “What about sending it back to Aff-ghanistan?” Since  September  11,  Mo’s life,  like  everybody  else’s  life, has been radically altered. The tenets  of  eat  your  squash  and you  can  ride  your  bike,  shove your brother and you’ll have to do timeout, go to bed when Mommy says and she’ll read you a story just don’t apply anymore. His whole world order was based on the natu- ralness  of  cause  and  effect.  But  the  belief that societal rules govern the universe blew up that day, together with the Twin Towers. Cont. on page 5 And so, much like the fires still burning beneath the rubble, the disaster’s aftereffects are lingering on in his little mind and heart. He cannot make sense of it and therefore, he cannot move on. The concepts of sense,  systems  and  order  have been  shattered.  Like  a  mourner who passes through the stages of grief, my pre-schooler is moving through phases in his reaction to the  events  of  September  11.  But the  tragedy’s  grip  on  his  psyche will not loosen. On day one he asked, “Mommy, what  did  the  people  working  in the  buildings  do  to  Osama  Bin Laden? Did they make him mad? Why did he want to kill them if they were behaving?” Looking  into  his  wide-open  blue  eyes, I knew he was begging me to “say it ain’t so.” Wild men don’t just crash into buildings and SM The Comprehensive Network Newsletter LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD In  our  Summer   1993  issue  we highlighted Mind Over Body®’s work providing on-site seminars for survi- vors dealing with the serious effects of post-traumatic stress as a result of what  was  then  the  worst  terrorist bombing in U.S. history. These semi- nars were entitled Feeling Safe Again: Coping  with  the  World  Trade  Center Crisis. Cont. on page 6 From The Executive Director PTSD: Aftermath of 9.11 Stress Relief Through Guided Imagery 7.11 for 9.11 Feeling Safe Again Workshops and Counseling Curriculum in Cultural Diversity EMDR Workshops Opportunities Bulletin Board IT’S NOT CHILD’S PLAY A Four- Year-Old in Terrorist Terrain MO SCHLAM
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