Our downloadable patient education handouts and workbooks were created to help children, teens, parents and siblings cope with injury and/or illness. These patient education handouts are appropriate for use in hospital, rehab, and primary care settings. All patient education handouts are also available in Spanish.
Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care_patient handouts

For Parents / Caregivers: These patient education handouts are designed to help parents help their children cope with a variety of traumatic stress issues, including hospitalization, serious illness, injury, and discharge / returning home, as well as to help themselves cope.

For Children / Teens: These patient education handouts contain stories and activities designed especially to help children and teens cope with injury and pain, dealing with traumatic stress reminders, looking and feeling different, and adjusting after returning home.

For Siblings: These patient education handouts are designed to help siblings cope with their brother/ sister hospitalization, illness, injury, and recovery as well as tips to help parents help their other children cope.

Workbooks for Coping with Hospitalization: These workbooks are designed to help parents / caregivers and children cope with a hospitalization. Included are stories and activities to help children become familiar with hospital staff and medical procedures, understand emotional responses to trauma, deal with traumatic stress reactions, and ways to help parents care for themselves while still caring for their child.

The patient education handouts and workbooks are available to order through the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress: CPTS Order Form

Workbooks for Coping with Hospitalization

For Parents / Caregivers A Caregiver’s Guide: Taking Care of Yourself While Your Child is in the Hospital

For Children: Hospital Hero- A Child’s Workbook

Handouts for Parents / Caregivers

General Medical Trauma:

At the Hospital: Helping My Child Cope / En el hospital: Cómo ayudar a mi hijo a sobrellevar la situación

At the Hospital: Helping My Teen Cope / En el hospital: Cómo ayudar a mi adolescente a sobrellevar la situación

Serious Illness:

At the Hospital: Helping My Child Cope / En el hospital: Cómo ayudar a mi hijo hacer frente a una enfermedad

At the Hospital: Helping My Teen Cope / En el hospital: Cómo ayudar a mi adolescente hacer frente a una enfermedad

After the Diagnosis: Helping My Family Cope / Después del diagnostico: Cómo ayudar a mi familia a frontar la situación

Helping children / teens cope after returning home from the hospital:

After the Hospital: Helping My Child Cope / Después del hospital: Cómo ayudar a mi familia a superar la situación

Helping children / teens cope with serious Injury:

After the Injury: Helping My Child Cope / Después de la lesión: Cómo ayudar a mi hijo a superar la situación

Helping children / teens cope with any kind of traumatic event:

After the Trauma: Helping My Child Cope / Después del trauma: Cómo ayudar a mi hijo a superar la situación

Helping parents of ill or injured children take care of themselves:

After the Injury Helping Myself Cope / Después de la lesión: Cómo hacer frente al hecho

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Handouts for Children and Teens in English and Spanish

Coping with pain and injury:

After The Injury: Tips for Kids / Después de la lesión: Consejos para los ninos

When it Hurts: Dealing with Pain / Cuando duele: Cómo enfrentarse al dolor

Coping with traumatic stress reactions and reminders:

What Do I Say? Talking About What Happened With Others / ¿Qué digo? Cómo hablar con otras personas acerca de lo sucedido

Making a Plan: Dealing with Things that Remind You of What Happened / Desarrollar un plan: Cómo enfrentarse a las situaciones que se recuerdan lo que sucedido

After the Hospital: Getting Back to a Schedule / Después del hospital: Cómo retomar las actividades diarias

Coping with illness and injury - Teen Stories:

Taking Control of My Illness - A Teen's Story / Tomando control de mi Enfermedad

Dealing With My Life-Changing Diagnosis - A Teen's Story / Hacer frente con el Diagnóstico que me Cambiará la Vida

Winning Against Worries - A Teen's Story / Cómo vencí mis miedos

Facing My Friends and Fears After Injury - A Teen's Story / Cómo me enfrenté a mis amigos después de una lesión

Putting My Life Back Together - A Teen's Story / Reconstruyendo mi vida

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Coping with illness and injury - For Siblings

Coping when a brother/sister is in hospital:

After the Injury or Illness- Tips for Siblings / Después de la lesión o enfermedad- Consejos para hermanos

For parents to help siblings cope with traumatic medical event:

What about Siblings? Helping My Family Cope / ¿Qué hay de los hermanos?: Cómo ayudar a mi familia a afrontar la situación

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Note: Several of the resources on this page were developed in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Medical Trauma Working Group, as part of the Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care Providers. Funding for the development of these materials has been supported through funding from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).