Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Trauma

Resources for Parents and Professionals

Child Mind Institute: Click here for a guide to support you in helping children cope after a traumatic event.

Harvard University: Center on the Developing Child: Click here to access multiple resources on toxic stress (including research, videos, and graphics).

National Association of School Psychologists: Click here for a list of recommended books for children coping with loss or trauma.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Click here to access an online resource for professionals and families who want to learn more about child traumatic stress. New users can create a free account online by visiting

Sesame Street: Click here for a resource focused on a child’s perspective of a traumatic experience. As the website explains, “This video was created as a visual tool for understanding reactions to traumatic experiences at different ages, and to highlight the powerful role of caring adults. As you watch, notice, consider, and reflect upon your own feelings and reactions. This will help you prepare as you share with parents the responses to trauma at different ages and stages (even babies respond to traumatic experiences)!”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Click here for a resource with tips on how to talk with children and youth after a traumatic event.