Disaster and Trauma Affected

Both natural and human made disasters are an increasing reality in our world.  Children are often the most vulnerable to the impacts of disaster and trauma and need caring adults to provide safety and support in the aftermath of such traumatic events.

Whether a disaster occurs right in our schools, in our local communities, or farther away from home, children (and their families) who experience disasters may have unique and specific needs for support.  The stress and trauma associated with disasters can impact children and families in many physical, social, and emotional ways, sometimes unforeseen.

The following links are helpful tools for families, schools, and other child serving systems supporting children who have been affected by disasters or other traumatic events.

Trauma booklet– opens in PDF format

Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events -opens in PDF format

Tips for Talking with Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Educators – opens in PDF format

The Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine has compiled a very comprehensive list of resources for school based traumatic events – Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events at Schools  – opens in PDF format.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Children and Disasters

It should be noted that when trauma is associated with the failure of those who should be protecting and nurturing the child, it has profound and far-reaching effects on nearly every aspect of the child’s life. This PowerPoint presentation from the 2013 Elkhart County Children’s Summit, “Promoting Successful Futures by Addressing Child Traumatic Stress,” by Kristine Buffington, MSW, LISW-S is very informative. 10 Things About Trauma and Delinquency Indiana march 2013


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