As a child psychologist, Laurie Zelinger of Cedarhurst was understandably interested in how terrorism fears could be eased in children. But when she looked for a book that spoke to them, she couldn’t find one.

So she wrote one herself.

“Please Explain ‘Terrorism’ to Me!” officially launched on Nov. 1 and is geared loosely to kids in the 7-to-10 age range. The picture book, colorfully illustrated by Woodmere artist Ann Israeli, tells the story of a schoolboy who, after a terrorist attack, catches glimpses of coverage on TV and notices his parents seem distracted. He anxiously asks them what’s going on and, after they talk to him, he says “I’m so glad my parents told me the truth, because I was scared and I couldn’t figure it out by myself.”

The back of the book gives parents a suggested script they can follow to guide discussion, using the acronym PEARLS to spell out Zelinger’s advice to Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen and Safeguard.

Zelinger will talk about her book — and a previous book she’s written called “Please Explain ‘Anxiety’ to Me!” — at a free “Parenting Through Anxious Moments” workshop at the Long Beach Public Library on Dec. 3. Her books sell for $24.95 and up, depending on the book and whether a person purchases in soft cover or hard cover.

“Anytime I think that something might affect a child, I try to figure out how they are seeing it and is there a way to help them understand a difficult concept,” says Zelinger, 64, who retired in 2015 after 19 years as a school psychologist in the Oceanside school district and now is in private practice.

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Zelinger advises parents to read the book themselves first so they can anticipate their children’s reactions, and then to read the book along with their child early in the day, so there’s time for kids to ask any follow-up questions as they process the information. She suggests, for instance, explaining to kids that when people want everyone else to do what they say or believe in the same things they do, they may try to scare people into doing it, but that most people want the world to be peaceful. She says you may need to reassure your child multiple times that terrorism occurrences are rare and probably won’t happen to them, and that parents and teachers and police all are work together to keep them safe.

Zelinger doesn’t reference any specific terrorist attack in the book; she says she was deliberately vague because events are constantly changing and so parents could decide how much to reveal to a child about any particular event. “In short, we want to make our children aware of, but not paralyzed by, the world they live in,” she writes.