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Look through our list of Web site links to find advice and guidance on managing trauma caused by events such the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the Iraq war.

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Links for Parents and Teachers

The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (p) (t)
The Parents' Guide to Talking with their Children about War (in English and Spanish) and a Teachers' Guide to Talking with their Students about War, from The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Yale Child Study Center, offer guidelines and suggestions to help parents and teachers support children's needs and concerns during these difficult times.

About Our Kids (p)
About Our Kids, a resource of the New York University Child Study Center, offers parents help in answering tough questions about the war with Iraq.

Tragic Time, Healing Words (p)
Offered by Sesame Workshop
It's never easy to know what to say to children after a crisis. In collaboration with child psychologists, Sesame Workshop has developed some suggestions on talking to your children about the recent tragedy. These suggestions are not intended for children who suffered a family loss due to the September 11th tragedy. The document is in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read and print it. Click here to get the Adobe Acrobat reader.

Reactions and Guidelines for Children Following Trauma/disaster (p) (t)
The American Psychological Association offers lists of possible reactions to trauma in elementary, middle, and high school students, and guidelines for teachers and parents on how to help. Other areas on the site provide resources for finding appropriate professional help.

Helping Children Cope with Loss (p) (t)
The National Mental Health Association, the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health, has several resources available to help you help your children cope with the disaster. This list contains some common ways children might respond to a death, and tips for helping children and adolescents grieve.

The American Counseling Association (p)
Crisis Fact Sheet: Helping Children Cope with Trauma
Founded in 1952, the American Counseling Association is the world's largest private, non-profit organization for professional counselors. This page from the American Counseling Association Web site contains a list of strategies for helping children deal with trauma.

America Responds: PBS Classroom Resources (t)
Lesson plans that educators can use to address issues raised by the recent tragedies.

The ChildTrauma Academy (p) (t)
Here you will find a series of articles to help caregivers, teachers, and parents better understand some of the effects of exposure to trauma on children. The Academy has worked with hundreds of children and their families shattered by traumatic experiences over the last 15 years.

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) (p) (t)
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) addresses the needs of victims through support and education for individuals and communities. This site, informed by the tragic events at Columbine High School, offers advice for teachers, parents, and students coping with trauma.

Coping With Crisis (p) (t)
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, people are struggling to make sense of it all. Many experts believe that putting thoughts into words can be helpful in the healing process. This Web site invites students from around the world to send in their writing and reflections on these terrible events. While this resources page is available to everyone, other areas of the site require registration.

Education Week (t)
Schools and Crisis: Selected Resources
Education Week has compiled a list of Web sites, articles, and other resources to help educators coping with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

Kids Cope by Sharing Hope (t)
Participants of the Global Schoolhouse,, and youth from around the world, including Ireland and Uzbekistan, are using this space to express their support, hope, and condolences through writing and art. You can take advantage of the Kids Cope by Sharing Hope site to encourage students to express their feelings. This site requires registration.

National Association of School Psychologists (p) (t)
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
Tips for Parents and Teachers
The National Association of School Psychologists promotes healthy environments for all youth. This handout offers tips for teachers and parents dealing with children's reactions to trauma.

The National Education Association (t)
Founded in 1857, the NEA is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. This site contains resources on everything from how a child conceives of death to how to manage post-traumatic stress disorder. The site also features a comprehensive Crisis Communications Toolkit for educators, which offers day-by-day advice on how to deal with the aftermath of a crisis: Talking to Kids about Tragedy (p)
Dr. Ron Taffel, a child and family psychologist and author, answers parents' questions about their children's reaction to tragedy.

PBS KIDS: Resources for Parents (p)
PBS KIDS has organized a list of useful resources with suggested activities for parents and children.

Red Cross: Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma (p) (t)
Part of the Red Cross' Disaster Counseling Materials, these strategies address children's needs after exposure to traumatic events. The site also offers a characterization of the reactions of different age groups.

Sesame Street Parents: Tragic Times, Healing Words (p),4125,49560,00.html
This site contains advice developed by Sesame Street Research with the assistance of child psychologists Dr. Joanne Joseph, Dr. Lawrence Balter, Dr. Charles Flatter, family therapist Meri Wallace and writer Josh Daniel. Find suggestions on how to help children manage the trauma, as well as advice on what to do when your child says "I'm scared."

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