Links for Helping TCKs through Crisis or Trauma

Online Resources

The Child’s Loss: Death, Grief, and Mourning by Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.. Covers loss due to transitions and such and discusses the role of the teacher and gives some specific guidelines for dealing with loss in the classroom.

Coping with the Death of Your Pet. Covers the stages of grief with special information about helping both children and senior adults deal with the loss of a pet.

Death and Loss: Helping Children Manage Their Grief by Dr. Bruce Perry. Includes information about the grieving process and some good tips for talking about loss with children.

Helping Children Cope with Disaster. A fact sheet from FEMA/Red Cross offers parents, caregivers, and other adults suggestions on how to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

Helping Your Child Deal with Death. Includes simple suggestions for talking to your children about the death of a loved one.

Prevent Child Abuse America (fact sheet). Suggestions for what you can do to help prevent child abuse.

Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The following documents give lists of the symptoms to help in identifying if someone is dealing with PTSD.


American Red Cross

Child Trauma Academy (Site is probably more for professionals.)

Child Trauma Institute. Training, consultation, information, and resources for those who work with trauma-exposed children, adolescents, and adults. Information on trauma, loss, and treatment for adults and for parents.

Dougy Center: National Center for Grieving Children & Families

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). US Department of Homeland Security site to help prepare for and get help after a disaster.

National Association of School Psychologists (crisis resources). Helping children achieve their best. Includes crisis response resources, articles for children who are traumatized. Some resources in Spanish.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Prepare, Respond, Recover (Children’s Needs). Helping meet children’s needs when in a stressful situation.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Trauma Toolkit For Educators (Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools)