Tools You Can use

Many times, a child's or parent's thoughts or beliefs play a large role in shaping the way they react to a medically traumatic event. For example, believing "no one can understand what I'm feeling" may lead to avoiding potential social supports, on the other hand, believing "laughter will help get us through this" may help families use humor as a coping mechanism when needed. Beliefs which negatively affect coping can also impact health (e.g. by affecting adherence to medical treatment).

Healthcare providers routinely treat children and families from many different backgrounds.

Looking for ways to increase your trauma-informed skills when caring for the emotional needs of patients and families?

Looking for a way to expand your patient care skills? How about free continuing education credits?

Heading home after a hospital stay is usually a much anticipated day for pediatric patients and families. But kids and parents can also experience anxiety when leaving the "safety net" of the hospital behind and returning to normal routines.