This topical guide on stress and trauma in young children will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


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Helping Children with Complex Needs Bounce Back: Resilient Therapy for Parents and Professionals
Kim Aumann and Angie Hart
Jessica Kingsley, 2009
Resilient Therapy is an innovative way of strengthening children with complex needs. This handbook offers accessible and fun exercises and activities. In addition, the latest research is broken down to help in applying it to everyday situations.
WS 350.2 .A925 2009 232976687

Helping Them Heal: How Teachers Can Support Young Children Who Experience Stress and Trauma
Karen L. Peterson
Gryphon House, 2014
From family instability and poverty to maltreatment to rapid social and technological changes, children endure more stressors than ever before. A young child’s brain is uniquely sensitive to the effects of stress and trauma. This resource will help you find answers, ideas and specific classroom strategies to move children in positive directions. You will learn ways to help children build resilience, self-regulation, and self-competence.
LB 3430 .P47 2014 865543802

Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism
Annette M. La Greca, Wendy K. Silverman, Eric M. Vernberg and Michael C. Roberts (Eds.)
American Psychological Association, 2002
This book offers clinicians, mental health workers, and other professionals working with children a comprehensive collection of evidence-based literature on the immediate and lasting effects of trauma on children and adolescents. The text covers a wide array of specific types of disasters as well as highly pertinent topics such as school shootings and terrorism.
WM 170 .H45 2002 49011303

What Happened to My World: Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe
James Greenman
Comfort for Kids, c2005.
A resource for parents, teachers, and anyone working with children. Written following two of the nation’s largest natural disasters, Hurricane Katrina and Rita, the book was created by a partnership between JPMorgan, Chase, Mercy Corps and Bright Horizons. The book was written to help adults peer into the minds of children from infancy through the teenage years, and understand their confusion, fears, grief, and struggles to understand why the forces of nature can suddenly disrupt or destroy the world as they know it. It is to help both those who experience and survive catastrophe firsthand, as well as the children who witness from a distance and wonder what it was like or whether someday they will find themselves in similar circumstances.
WS 350 .G814w 2005 68041555


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

Helping Children Deal with Tragedy, Trauma and Terror
60 minutes; DVD. (Apples Video Magazine; No. 115)
Western Illinois University; 2002.
This Apples Video Magazine focuses on the role that teachers, parents and other adults play in helping children deal with death, divorce, illness, war, abuse/neglect, and domestic violence presenting resources that can be used in dealing with these issues, including appropriate children’s literature.
WS 105.5 .E5H483 2002 528695070

Helping Children Cope with Frightening Events: What Can You Do
24 minutes; DVD
Educational Activities, Inc; 2005
This program gives teachers the skills to help their preschool and early elementary children get back to normal after a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster. It is based on developmentally best practices, research, Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC standards, and the work of the Child Trauma Academy
BF 723 .D5H483 2005 64193145


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“Trauma-Informed Part C Early Intervention: A Vision, A Challenge, A New Reality”
Zero to Three, v34 n2 p34-44 Nov 2013. 11 pp.
Gilkerson, Linda; Graham, Mimi; Harris, Deborah; Oser, Cindy; Clarke, Jane; Hairston-Fuller, Tody C.; Lertora, Jessica
Federal directives require that any child less than 3 years old with a substantiated case of abuse be referred to the early intervention (EI) system. This article details the need and presents a vision for a trauma-informed EI system. The authors describe two exemplary program models which implement this vision and recommend steps which the field can take to move toward a trauma-informed EI.  Available upon request from the EI Clearinghouse.

“A Big Threat to Our Little Campers: Protecting Children in Disasters”
Parks & Recreation Dec 2015, Vol. 50 Issue 12, p40-45. 6p.
Thompson, Sarah
The article focuses on the need of caring children that have experienced natural disasters for helping them improve mental health. It states the Hurricane Katrina of 2005 that killed a number of people, and mentions that many children lost their families during the natural disaster. It offers suggestions for providing care to the children like afterschool program, and meeting the specific needs of the children like reliance on caregivers, and communication and identification of disability. Available upon request from the EI Clearinghouse.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Coping With Stress After a Natural Disaster
From Zero to Three, this specific resource offers information to help you understand how babies and toddlers can be affected by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, and what you can do to help your child cope. In addition, Zero to Three offers a variety of other web resources through their topical guide:  Trauma and Stress.

Building Resilience
From Zero to Three, this resource offers information to help you understand how infants and toddlers cope with adversity and how you can help them unlock their full potential.

Small Child, Big Stress
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Spanish, Polish and Chinese.

What is the role of teachers in Young Children’s Mental Health
An Illinois Early Learning Project FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for parents and caregivers.  Also available in Spanish.

Young Children’s Mental Health: What is Essential?
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

When Children Mourn
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

Old Home, New Home, Our Home
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

Feelings are Fantastic
An Illinois Early Learning Project tipsheet for parents and caregivers. Also available in Spanish.

Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma. A Research-to-Practice Brief
OPRE Report 2015-14
Administration for Children & Families. US Department of Health and Human Services, 2015
The author briefly summarizes what is known about the impact of trauma on infants and, and the intervention strategies that could potentially protect them from the adverse consequences of traumatic experiences. She focuses on interventions that support parents in providing the stable and nurturing caregiving that is responsive to the child’s general developmental needs and that promotes children’s sense of safety and security. Such interventions may reduce or provide a buffer against infants’ traumatic experiences. Finally, the author considers how child care, Early Head Start, home visitation, and child welfare can become trauma-informed infant/toddler service delivery systems.

Stress and Trauma in Young Children