RESOURCES

Reference Materials

Sesame Street Online Toolkit: Little Children, Big Challenges- Incarceration: consists of a multimedia toolkit with videos, activities, tips, resources and smartphone and tablet apps that provide support for children and information for caregivers and incarcerated parents.
http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/incarceration

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.  http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/age_related_reactions_to_a_traumatic_event.pdf

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. http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/youcanask

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. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-DISASTER/SMA11-DISASTER-09.pdf

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. http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tips_for_parents_media_final.pdf

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events ​​After any disaster, parents and other adults struggle with what they should say and share with children and what not to say or share with them. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx

Improving Self-Esteem in Teens
http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/self-esteem.html

A Family Guide to Mental Health You're Not Alone! 1 in 6 households in Minnesota have a person who has mental illness, mental illness is common and it is not anyone's fault.  https://co.stearns.mn.us/AdultsFamilies/HealthyFamilies/FamilyGuidetoMentalHealth

Natural Disasters:

Natural disasters like tornadoes are difficult to understand and can be challenging to discuss with children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers several resources to help caregivers address this topic with children and teens.
 
After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal explains ways to ensure that children feel safe and protected after frightening events like tornadoes.  
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/helping_young_children_heal_tornado.pdf
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/despues_de_pasar_por_la_experiencia_de_un_tornado.pdf (Spanish)

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes explains how exposure to media coverage about natural disasters can affect children and offers suggestions on how to discuss natural disasters with children and limit their exposure to disturbing media coverage.
http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tornadoes_media_final.pdf

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents includes lists of activities for children and families to do when there is no power or when it is unsafe to go outside.
http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/activities_for_children_and_adolescents.pdf