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Cicadas May Shock

The cicadas are coming.

And one Chicago doctor says the insects could shock kids who aren’t expecting them.

Dr. Earlene Strayhorn is a child psychiatrist at Loyola’s School of Medicine.

STRAYHORN: Cicadas look funny. They’re very different looking from the ones we’re normally used to. They have black wings, and they have big eyes, and just they way it looks may be frightening. But the sheer numbers may frighten people.

Periodical cicadas come out once every 17 years.

Strayhorn says parents with insect-phobias shouldn’t let on that they’re afraid.

She also says talking about the emergence can help kids cope.

She suggests kids make a game out of counting or collecting them.

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