Age-Related Reactions to Traumatic Events, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This resource provides information to caregivers and service providers on how child may react in the aftermath of a traumatic event.  It also provides strategies to use with children based on different age groups – preschool, school-age, and adolescent.



The “You Can Ask” Toolkit, from Sesame Street is geared towards children 0-5.  This toolkit can be a great resource for parents and caregivers to talk to their children about upsetting events that they see in the news, and how to cope with difficult and scary times.



Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event – A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A brief overview of reactions to disasters in children across the age range 0-19 and how adults can support them and talk about the disaster.



Tips for Parents on Media Coverage, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A tip sheet with suggestions on how to address media coverage on disturbing events with children and encourage helpful and healthy communication in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster.


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