Resources for Parents


From the American Psychological Association

  • A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma A book to read with your children to help them cope with violent or traumatic events.
  • I Don't Have an Uncle Phil Anymore This book features a boy's trying to understand the death of his uncle, who was a fire fighter.
  • Gran-Gran's Best Trick: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love  
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
  • Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions


WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This is the site of the American Psychiatric Association. It contains a wide variety of links about how to talk with your children about violence and how to communicate with children about disasters.

Sample Articles

  • JAMA Patient Page: Helping Children Cope With Violence
  • News from the AAP: Communicating With Children About Disasters
WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This is the site of the American Psychological Association. It contains articles a wide variety of articles and links to articles on coping with the events of Sept. 11 and provides additional resources. It has a special section devoted to parents.

Sample Articles 
• Coping with Terrorism
• Resources on Coping with Traumatic Events
• Reactions and Guidelines for Children Following Trauma/Disaster
• Helping Children Who Have Witnessed Violence 
• What Makes Kids Care
• Children Need Special Medical Attention in Disasters

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: is the website of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. This site has links to a variety of organizations that deal with children and teens.

Sample Article

  • Children’s Responses to Terrorism, September 14, 2001, by Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sample Links for Children/Teens 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This is the site of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It contains a variety of articles for physicians and parents, including a Family Preparedness Kit that can be printed. 

Sample Articles

  • Family Readiness Kit - Preparing to Handle Disasters
  • AAP Responds to Questions about Smallpox and Anthrax
  • AAP Offers Advice on Communicating with Children about Disasters

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This website is designed to serve the diverse needs of a large array of interested audiences such as survivors of traumatic experiences, family members, students, and others interested in understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Facts about PTSD: Concise articles addressing general information about PTSD and trauma, as well as information about treatment and disasters.

Sample Information for the Public 


  • Terrorism and Children 9/19/01


  • Children and Trauma 9/20/01

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This site is provided by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress. Although this is aimed at all Emergency Services professions, there are relevant handouts for talking with children and their reactions to the events.

Sample Articles

  • Handout/article: Children's Reactions and Needs After Disaster
  • Handout/article: Terror: How to Talk to Children 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: This site is provided by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. It has information for the general public including: general information, fact sheets, and specialized trauma resources and organizations. It includes a section on children and trauma.