Below are links to the resources suggested from throughout this site. We urge you to fully explore each section of this website to better understand childhood trauma and why it's important to Look Through Their Eyes
About TraumaThe American Psychological Association offers ten helpful tips for building resilience in children, with specific information about elementary, middle and high school aged kids, which you can access by clicking here.
There is also a wide array of treatment options that have proven to help children and teens heal from trauma.
To learn more about creating a safe environment, click here.
To learn more about providing adult support to children, click here.
To learn more about self-regulating techniques, click here.
BullyingThe National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers comprehensive resources to help parents with issues associated with bullying. You can access these bullying resources here.
Learn more about age appropriate Internet safety through the webinars and resources offered by the Illinois Attorney General here.
There is a lot of really good information available to parents and caretakers to help you identify and deal with all forms of bullying:
Here are some materials you can explore to hear a variety of perspectives and tips for parents on how to respond if your child is being bullied:
Here some tips to help you identify and deal with your child if you think he or she might be a bully:
Here are ten tips for what to do if your child is being cyberbullied from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Here are ten tips for what to do if your child is doing the cyberbullying from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Here are some additional resources to help you understand and deal with cyberbullying:
Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Online Social Aggression, Threats and Distress. 2nd Edition. Nancy E. Willard.
Here are some resources to help parents and schools anticipate and address bullying.
Community ViolenceFor help talking with preschool age children, look at Talking with Kids about News from PBS Parents and Parent Tips for Helping Preschool Age Children After Disasters from Psychological First Aid – Field Operations Guide.
For help talking to older children and adolescents, look at Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do from the National Institute of Mental Health or Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.
For help in how to manage media exposure, read Tips for Parents on Media Coverage from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
If a death occurred and it’s someone your child knew, you can find helpful tips for talking about death at Guiding Adults in Talking to Children About Death and Attending Services from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Books for Kids
- Everybody Has Feelings: Todos Tenemos Sentimientos: The Moods of Children. C.E. Avery. Gyphon House. For ages 2 to 5.
- A Terrible Thing Happened. Margaret M. Holmes. Dalmation Press. Franklin, Tennessee. For ages 4 to 7.
- Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings. E. E. Emberley. Little Brown & Company. New York, New York. For ages 4 to 8.
- Why Did It Happen? Janice Cohen. Morrow Junior Books. New York, New York. For ages 5 and up.
- I Can Make My World a Safer Place: A Kid’s Book about Stopping Violence. Paul Kivel. Hunter House Inc. Publishers. Alameda, California. For ages 6 to 11.
- Reactions. Allison Salloum. Centering Corporation. Chicago, Illinois. For ages 9 to 12.
Books for Parents
- Children and Trauma: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Heal. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California.
- The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events. Joy Berry, Children’s Press, Chicago, Illinois.
You can learn more about early childhood trauma from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network here.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a list of symptoms and behaviors associated with exposure to trauma for children from infancy through age 5.
If you believe your child is experiencing trauma, be sure to seek out professionals with specific experience working with children between the ages of 0 and 5. You can also find some helpful tools from Zero to Three and from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation of Early Learning, Vanderbilt University.