Tools You Can use

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?

As the year comes to a close, our blog covered many topics ranging from pediatric medical traumatic stress, to trauma informed care, healthcare professionals' self care, and adverse childhood experiences. Check out the top 10 most popular blog posts of the year!

With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, maybe 2017 is the year you or your hospital system more fully integrate trauma informed into the routine care of pediatric patients and families. What resources are available to you to help? 

When a doctor diagnoses a child with an illness or treats an injury, both the child and their family will experience a range of emotions. Some may be angry. Some may be sad. Many will be overwhelmed. In the weeks following the injury or diagnosis...

Screening patients provides a baseline. A frame of reference to help guide and tailor care. One looming question remains: When do you screen a patient? At birth? At a specific age? While obvious, the optimal time for screening will vary in accordance to the particular disease of interest.  When is the appropriate time to screen for mental health concerns?

When you take a patient's medical history, what questions do you ask? How do you interpret your patient's answers? Taking a comprehensive and accurate medical history requires artful skill at asking questions and listening...

What do mental health professionals need to know about pediatric medical traumatic stress? How can mental health professionals improve their collaboration with medical providers around pediatric medical traumatic stress? What resources and tools are available for professionals working with children and families who have experienced pediatric medical traumatic stress? 

When you're a parent of an ill or injured child, there's no end to the questions or concerns that run through your head.

How can healthcare professionals identify psychosocial risk of children (and their family) who have been diagnosed with an illness? One evidence-based approach: Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT).

When you notice one of your pediatric patients seems upset, worried or fearful, what do you do? How do you help them adjust and cope with a hospital stay? How do you support their families, especially their parents/caregivers?