Resources

For more information on how to find a therapist: 

For more information about traumatic stress and PTSD: 

A network of academic and community-based centers providing education and services for children and families who have experienced a traumatic event.

A professional membership organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma.

Developed originally to serve the needs of war veterans, this organization also has resources for a broad range of traumatic events for children and adolescents.

Over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, and injuries compiled by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. 

Information explaining what PTSD is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help. 

Information on dealing with other types of traumatic events:

Resources for military families, including ways to help children prepare for and deal with a parent's deployment.

Lotsa Helping Hands is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need.

Educational materials for parents and professionals on childhood traumatic grief.

Information on the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents, with suggestions for minimizing long-term emotional harm. 

Information about helping children cope with effects of disaster, and how to be prepared before a disaster. 

Tools for dealing with specific types of natural disasters for families, schools, and healthcare providers. 

Tips for recovering from a natural disaster. 

Information for parents, children, and professionals on coping with a disaster. 

Resources on a range of child maltreatment topics.

Information on an anonymous 24-hr a day hotline that provides support and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

For help with worry or stress in children and teens:

Information to help teens and families cope with the pressures of day-to-day life 

Information to help children with excessive worries or fears. 

For help with sleep problems:

Information for parents and educators on sleep and sleep disorders for children and teens

Multiple topics on sleep related specifically to teens.

Child friendly website about sleep.

For information on injury prevention:

Information on recalls and vehicle safety 

Information on recalls and product safety. 

Multiple topics on injury prevention

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

For more information on pain and injury care:

Patient education library (including casts and crutches). 

Advocacy information on trauma care. 

Information and advocacy on brain injury. 

Glossary of health information.

Information on assessing and treating pain in children from a pediatric hospital. 

Tips on communicating with kids about injury, illness, medicine, and going to the doctor.

Information on helping children with pain from a leading pediatric pain research group. 

BOOKS FOR PARENTS:

A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings.

Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Martha M. Jablow. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006 

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias.

Tamar Chansky, Broadway Books; New York; 2004 

Children and Trauma: A Guide For Parents and Professionals

Cynthia Monahon, Jossey-Bass Publishers; San Francisco; 1997 

BOOKS FOR KIDS:

When I Feel Scared (for young children)

Cornelia Maude Spelman, Albert Whitman & Co.; Morton Grove; 2002 

What to Do When You’re Sad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids

James J. Crist, Free Spirit Publishing; Minneapolis; 2004 

What to Do What You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids

James J. Crist, Free Spirit Publishing; Minneapolis; 2004