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Trauma Resources Resources



Associations/Organizations

National Child Traumatic Stresss Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides resources for parents, teachers and others to enable the to provide support to traumatized children and adolescents. Resources are available for all types of traumas from natural disasters, physical and sexual abuse, terrorism, and acts of violence.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.nctsn.org/

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Be a Hero!
Prepared by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) this website has sections for kids, parents and educators. The Educators section has teaching activities divided by grade levels from elementary school to high school. The Kids section has games and activities that test kids knowledge of emergency preparedness.
Grades: 1 - 12
http://www.ready.gov/kids
Teachable Moment
From the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, the Teachable Moment was created after 9/11 to assist teachers in helping students cope with the tragedy. Lesson plans are available for a wide range of natural disasters, manmade tragedies and to support children's social and emotional learning. Teachers are free to reproduce TeachableMoment lessons for use in their classrooms.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment

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Other Resources

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
This short list of suggestions for helping children cope was originally written after 9/11 but is applicable to other situations. Developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, it is divided into three sections: For All Adults, For Parents, and For Schools,
Grades: K - 12
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/
terror_general.aspx
Dealing with Natural and Manmade Disasters
The Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland developed this annotated list of articles, fact sheets and toolkits to help children cope with both natural disasters as well as acts of violence.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://csmh.umaryland.edu/Resources/OtherResources/
DealingwithDisasters.pdf
Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News
This brochure of Mister Rogers' advice to parents and those who work with children was produced by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The same information and a short video is also available from The Fred Rogers Company.
Grades: K - 2
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/mhddsas/services/disasterpreparedness/
MisterRogersFINAL.pdf
Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Short advice article from the American Psychological Association about helping children after a traumatic event.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx
Keeping Kids Healthy
A section of the Child Study Center of New York University, "Keeping Kids Healthy" has short articles of advice for parents and educators about "tough topics" including traumatic events and death.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.aboutourkids.org/families/keeping_kids_healthy
Listen, Protect, Connect -- Model and Teach
Subtitled: Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers, this brochure from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests how teachers can help students cope with the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster or other emergency. The title outlines the recommended steps in the process.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/
PFA_SchoolCrisis.pdf
Mentor Research Institute
"The Flood Recovery Coloring Book and Parent Guide," available in both English and Spanish, was written by Dr. Mike Conner after his own family was forced to leave their home during flooding in Oregon. This coloring book walks children through their feelings after this disruption in their lives. Mentor Research Institute is an organization that focuses on mental health issues.
Grades: PreK - 3
http://www.mentorresearch.org/
Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed these tips for preparing for and recovering from natural disasters. The types of disasters include earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires and winter weather.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/
Sesame Street Hurricane Toolkit
This toolkit from the makers of Sesame Street include videos, tips for parents and educators, and links to additional resources about planning for emergencies, as well as recovery from the disaster.
Grades: PreK - 2
http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/
toolkits/hurricane
Talking to Children about the Shooting
This short article, published shortly after the Newtown shooting, gives advice about how to talk to children and teens about the shooting. Available from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://files.www.cmhnetwork.org/media-center/morning-zen/
tips-for-talking-with-kids/talking_to_children_about_the_shooting.pdf
Talking to Children About Violence
From the National Association of School Psychologists this short article gives advice to parents and educators about helping children cope with a violent event. It also gives suggestions of additional resources.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/handouts/revisedPDFs/
talkingviolence.pdf
Tips for Talking to Children about the Shooting
A video with Dr. Steven Marans of Yale University, and an article by Benedict Carey guide parents and teachers through the difficult process of talking to children about traumatic events like the Newtown, CT shooting. Published on the NY Times website.
Grades: PreK - 6
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/health/
tips-for-talking-to-children-about-the-elementary-school-mass-shooting.html?_r=3&&
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events
This guide for parents and educators is divided by age group. It identifies responses to expect and ways to support children and adolescents through the trauma. Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.samhsa.gov/MentalHealth/
Tips_Talking_to_Children_After_Disaster.pdf
When Bad Things Happen
From the Teaching Tolerance website, this article describes the efforts of the schools and other local organizations to help a community recover from a violent incident. It also presents the Psychological First Aid framework, "Listen, Protect, Connect, Model and Teach" from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-44-summer-2013/
bad-things?elq=a9b3c1111163478da04e69ad1a01295c&elqCampaignId=93

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