mother comforting childSpotlight on: Trauma-Related Resources

This morning I was ten years old.
Tonight I am older than the stars.

~Kathryn Lasky

In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and with ongoing crises of raging forest fires in many states, the reality of trauma strikes home, stark and raw. This issue of the Buzz focuses on what communities can do to help those hit by trauma, especially the children. There are many ways in which children (and adults) can be traumatized . The resources we’ve listed below can help educators, families, service providers, Parent Centers, and community members learn more about the short- and longer-term impact of traumatic events and how to support individuals to cope and recover.

We also pass along heartfelt support to the Partners Resource Network in TX that has been slammed by Harvey and yet who carries on serving families of children with disabilities and rebuilding from the ground up. See the GoFundMe message at the end of this Buzz.

Best to you all in this too-often difficult world,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Trauma-Related Resources

What is PTSD? | In English and in Spanish
The National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can tell you-and connect individuals, friends, families, and veterans with a network of professionals to help.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children
From Medscape, this article looks at the “practice essentials” for diagnosing and addressing PTSD in children. It’s a good read for professionals and parents alike; it’s easy to read, yet framed from a clinician’s point of view.

Helping Young Children Cope After Exposure to a Traumatic Event
Tragedies are especially distressing to families with young children. This resource from Zero to Three is designed to help parents navigate this very challenging time. It includes symptoms a child might display, suggestions for what parents can do, and several resources they can turn to for more information.

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
This guide can help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn more about the common reactions children and youth have to trauma, how to respond in a helpful way, and when (and where) to seek support.

Home Management Strategies for PTSD
What parents can do to help their child cope with trauma and the anxiety that may result. Very practical, very basic.

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We’re Thinking of You, Partners Resource Network in Texas

Wondering how you can lend immediate help to families  affected by Hurricane Harvey? There’s a way!

Isabel Garcia, Parent to Parent of Miami, has created the Hurricane Harvey Parent Center Fund, a GoFundMe page in support of the Partners Resource Network, the PTI serving children with disabilities in Texas that has been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The funds raised will be used to help the staff during the recovery process and to rebuild infrastructure to assist the thousands of families of children and adults with disabilities impacted by this catastrophic event.

While you may not use Parent Center funds to make a donation, all personal donations are more than welcomed. Support our colleagues at the Partners Resource Network here.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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