Helpful Resources and Links for Patients and Parents

Scroll down to see resources and links that may be useful to your patients and their parents in coping with illness and injury.

Medical Traumatic Stress: Suggested Resources for Parents
Downloadable handout listing selected books, articles, and web resources

Books and reading materials for parents

Children and Trauma: A Guide For Parents and Professionals.
Cynthia Monahon, Jossey-Bass Publishers; San Francisco; 1997

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias.
Tamar Chansky, Broadway Books; New York; 2004

A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings.
Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Martha M. Jablow. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006

Books and reading materials for children and teens

What to Do What You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids.
James J. Crist, Free Spirit Publishing; Minneapolis; 2004

What to Do When You're Sad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids.
James J. Crist, Free Spirit Publishing; Minneapolis; 2004

When I Feel Scared. (for young children)
Cornelia Maude Spelman, Albert Whitman & Co.; Morton Grove; 2002

What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick
Allan Peterkin, Magination Press; Washington D.C., 1992

Web resources helping children cope with injury

After the Injury: Helping Parents Help Their Kids Recover
Information, videos, and interactive tools to help parents understand children's reactions to injury and promote optimal recovery. Interactive tools allow parents to rate their child's reactions and create an individualized care plan.

Web resources helping children and teens with worry or stress

Worry Wise Kids website
Information to help children with excessive worries or fears

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children, Teens, and Resiliency web resources
Information to help teens and families cope with the pressures of day-to-day life

Web resources helping children and teens with sleep problems

National Sleep Foundation (Kids)
Child friendly website about sleep

National Sleep Foundation (Teens)
Multiple topics on sleep related specifically to teens

National Association of School Psychologists
Information for parents and educators on sleep and sleep disorders for children and teens

Web resources helping with pain, illness, and injury care

Pain, Pain, Go Away
Information on helping children with pain from a leading pediatric pain research group

Pain – from About Kids Health
Information for the public on how we feel pain, how pain medicines work, and how to assess and treat pain in children, from a pediatric hospital.

PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Health
Tips on communicating with kids about injury, illness, medicine, and going to the doctor

Web resources health information and family needs

Health information from the NIH
Glossary of health information from the United States National Institutes of Health.

Family Medical Leave Act
Information from the United States Department of Labor on your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act.
Family Medical Leave Act



Thank You from Us to You!

We here at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS), who run the site and this blog, want to take this week’s blog post to send grateful thanks to all of our readers and to update you on our future endeavors. 

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When a child and family enter a hospital or medical setting, many factors contribute to their perception of trauma and their reactions to it. Developmental age, prior medical experiences, previous non-medical trauma can all contribute to their reactions. As can their cultural background. 

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Spreading Trauma Informed Care Throughout a Hospital System

When speaking of a trauma informed practice, the responsibility for implementation often lands on the individual doctor, nurses, or other healthcare professional. However, for patients and families to truly experience trauma informed medical care, the entire hospital system needs to embrace trauma informed care.  

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Do You Follow Your Own Advice?

As a pediatric health care provider, how often do you explain to parents / caregivers the importance of taking care of themselves? Self care, you explain, is like pulling down your own oxygen mask first, so you will be better equipped to help others. But how many times, as a health care provider, do you practice what you preach?

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