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24 Ways to Resilience

This fact sheet provides information about resilience for infants, children or youth exposed to intimate partner violence.

To consult this fact sheet : Click here 

- Created by Make Resilience Matter.

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This fact sheet offers tips to parents on how to help young children, toddlers, and preschoolers heal after a traumatic event. 

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Helps parents understand how economic difficulties can affect their families, in terms of their sense of safety, connectedness, and hope. The fact sheet also helps families find ways to cope during uncertain times. 

Teen Sexual Assault: Information for Parents

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Defines key terms, including consent and coercion, and offers guidance to parents related to dating violence and sexual assault. This fact sheet describes how common teen sexual assault is, how it relates to dating relationships, the roles drugs and the Internet can play in increasing risk, and provides tips for staying safe and what to do if your teen has experienced sexual assault. 

Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them support children who have been victims of sexual abuse, information on the importance of talking to children and youth about body safety, and guidance on how to respond when children disclose sexual abuse. This fact sheet series also includes advice on how to cope with the shock of intrafamilial abuse and with the emotional impact of legal involvement in sexual abuse cases. 

Children and Domestic Violence: Fact Sheet for Parents

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Offers support to parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. This fact sheet series provides education to support their resilience and recovery.

The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling From Substance Use or Overdose

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Offers parents and caregivers information to help support their surviving children after the death of a sibling due to substance use or overdose. This fact sheet includes information on helping children cope with stigma and shame, understanding the wide range of reactions that different family members may experience, coping with how substance use influences the family over time, adapting to loss, and prioritizing self-care and support for the parents or caregivers. 

Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Parents and Caregivers

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Provides information to parents and caregivers on Childhood Traumatic Grief. This fact sheet outlines how children grieve, what Childhood Traumatic Grief is, who develops Childhood Traumatic Grief, the signs a child might have Childhood Traumatic Grief, and what parents or caregivers can do to help. 

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Outlines the feelings of young children struggling with the death of someone meaningful and offers suggestions on what caregivers can do to help.

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Describes how teens may feel when struggling with the death of someone close and offers tips on what caregivers can do to help.

Helping Your Teen Cope with Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Provides information for parents and caregivers whose teen might be or is experiencing substance abuse and/or stress from a traumatic event.  

Physical Punishment: What Parents Should Know

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Provides parents with information on the negative impact of physical punishment, and introduces parents to effective alternatives to physically disciplining children.

Building Resilience

Created by McMaster Children’s Hospital.

​​​​​​This tip sheet, created for parents and caregivers, provides tools to help children become more resilient.

Why Won’t They Listen?

Created by McMaster Children’s Hospital.

​​​​​​This tip sheet, created for parents and caregivers, provides information on how to develop better talking skills when interacting with children.

Emotional Regulation: Children With an Early History of Negative Life Events

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

​​​​This page offers proactive and timely strategies to help children, especially those who have experienced childhood trauma, learn to better control their emotions.

Bridging The Distance: Feeling Connected When Apart

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

​​​​​This page highlights strategies that can be effective when trying to strengthen the parent-child relationship in preparation for and during a separation. 

Behaviour Approaches for Children and Youth with Disturbances of Attachment

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

​​​​​​This page provides a better understanding of the challenging behaviors that children who have experienced trauma may exhibit as well as alternative interventions that can be put in place. 

Tips for Parents When Reacting to Symptoms of Anxiety

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This page provides strategies for parents to be better equipped to deal with their child's anxiety.

Practical Responses: When You Find Your Child Under the Age of 12 Engaged in Problematic Sexual Behaviours

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This page provides information on problematic sexual behaviour and tips for dealing with it.

Practical Responses: When You Find Your Adolescent Engaged in Sexual Behaviours

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This page provides information on sexual behaviour teens may experience and tips for dealing with it.

Sexuality and Developmental Disability: a Guide for Parents

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This guide provides information on sexuality and developmental disabilities, as well as tips on how to talk about important issues such as consent.

Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Sexual Environment at Home

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

​​​​​​ This guide provides information on what constitutes a healthy sexual environment and suggests rules that can be put in place at home to establish clear boundaries.

How Can We Prevent Sexual Violence?

Created by Marie-Vincent Foundation.

This page offers tips on how to prevent sexual violence.

Helping Traumatized Children : A Brief Overview for Caregivers

Created by the Child Trauma Academy.

This guide was created to help parents and caregivers interact with children who have been through traumatic experiences. It also answers frequently asked questions, and illustrates special considerations for traumatized children. 

Infographics

Mindful Breathing Tips

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic offers five mindful ways of breathing that can help individuals relax when experiencing difficult emotions. 

Recognizing Anxiety Worksheet

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This worksheet was created to help people recognize how anxiety affects the body, which can help individuals manage anxiety symptoms. 

Self-Esteem Inventory

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This tool can serve as an indicator of where you can benefit from looking at beliefs that foster low self-esteem. 

9 Strategies for Supporting Someone with BPD

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic provides 9 strategies to help individuals who have a bordeline personnality disorder.

Activities

Serve and Return (Free)

What is ''Serve and Return'' and ''How to Serve and Return'' ?

Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture and support the development of communication and social skills. This guide provides information on the concept of serve and return and provides 5 steps for serve and return.

To learn more about this strategy, click here.

- Created by the Center on the Developing Child.

Chameleon Activity (Free)

Created by Beacon House - Therapeutic Services and Trauma Team.

Activity with a chameleon that lets children explain what strategies they use to blend in to stay safe.

FLIP IT! (Free webinar)

Created by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four step process to address children’s day to day challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP mnemonic which stands for F – Feelings, L – Limits, I – Inquiries and P – Prompts. FLIP IT is nothing new, but transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable.

Traumatic Experiences - Sesame Street (Free)

Created by Sesame Street in Communities.

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. This website includes many free activities to bring these factors to life.

Using Your Senses Can Help

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This page offers a concrete tool to help children focus on their senses in order to better manage their emotions.

Ways to Relax

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

This page offers concrete ways to relax.

Curricula

Zones of Regulation (Not free)

Created by Leah Kuypers.

The Zones of Regulation framework and curriculum (Kuypers, 2011) teaches students scaffolded skills toward developing a metacognitive pathway to build awareness of their feelings/internal state and utilize a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness. This includes exploring tools and strategies for mindfulness, sensory integration, movement, thinking strategies, wellness, and healthy connection with others. 

Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Loss (Free)

Created by the Adoption Council of Ontario.

This parent and caregiver curriculum for adoptive parents is informed by and incorporates key concepts from Seneca/Kinship Center’s ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals. The goal is to provide compatible information to both professionals and parents to enable them to work together in improving permanency outcomes for children. 

Hamilton Health Sciences Courses and Workshops (Free & Online)

Created by McMaster Children’s Hospital.

These educational courses and skills training workshops provide information on a variety of topics, including parenting, child development and child and youth mental health concerns. Programs are available for children, youth and caregivers.

Books for Children

A Terrible Thing Happened

A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma

To view information about this book: Click here

- Created by Margaret M. Holmes.

 

A Place for Starr

Created by Howard Schor.

A story of hope for children experiencing family violence.

Help Your Dragon Cope with Trauma

Created by Steve Herman.

A cute children's story to help kids understand and overcome traumatic events.

The Day my Daddy Lost His Temper

Created by Dr. Carol Santana McCleary.

Empowering Kids That Have Witnessed Domestic Violence  

 

Finding the Right Spot

Created by Janice Levy.

Finding the Right Spot is a story for all kids who can't live with their parents, regardless of the circumstances.

Please Tell: A Child's Story About Sexual Abuse

Created by Jessie.

Written and illustrated by a girl who was sexually molested by a family member, this book reaches out to other children by carrying Jessie’s message “It's o.k. to tell; help can come when you tell."

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care

Created by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright.

Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often "maybe." Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and concerns these children most often face. Honest and reassuring, it also provides basic information that children want and need to know, including the roles of various people in the foster care system and whom to ask for help.

I Still Love You

Created by Dr. Michael Ungar.

This book for parents of children with serious emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges offers nine practical and effective strategies that parents can use to make children change troubling behaviours and become more resilient. Told as the story of three families that meet together weekly with Dr. Ungar at his office, each family’s struggles and successes are proof that with a little guidance and the power of unconditional love, any child can be helped to heal and reconnect.

Websites & Mobile Applications

Help Kids Cope

Mobile application

Helps parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout—whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or helping your family heal after reuniting. This mobile app is also a great resource for teachers and other professionals involved in children's lives. This is the iOS version of the app

- Created by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

Website

In the wake of a traumatic event, your comfort, support and reassurance can make children feel safe, help them manage their fears, guide them through their grief, and help them recover in a healthy way. This guide was assembled by psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts who specialize in crisis situations. It offers simple tips on what to expect, what to do and what to look out for. If you or your children require assistance from a mental health professional, do not hesitate to ask a doctor or other health care provider for a recommendation. 

- Created by Child Mind Institute. 

12 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe from Sexual Encounters Online

Created by Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos and Nina Anderson.

This article provides tips to help parents regarding their children’s utilization of media, especially ways to avoid sexual encounters online.

Self-Reg for Parents

Created by The MEHRIT Centre.

This page contains a collection of Self-Reg resources for parents. You will find courses, groups, and online communities where you can connect with other parents.

Informative Videos

Communicating with children

In this video, Dr. Madigan provides information and tips on how to communicate with children in a positive way, depending on their age. 

- Created by Explore UCalgary.

Tiger, Meerkat, Owl - Children of Trauma & Resilience

Any experience that leaves you feeling scared, worried, and uncertain creates an involuntary stress response in your body. This means that despite logic, reason, and good coping skills, some of the reactions we have in times of crisis are largely out of our control. This video helps describe this concept to children using a Tiger, Meerkat, and Owl. 

- Created by Starr Commonwealth.

 

Balanced Caregiving video

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or another important adult, your child looks to you to figure out how to navigate the world. Zero To Thrive advocates for balanced caregiving, or responses to children that are warm and kind and strong and in charge. This brief video provides a more detailed explanation of balanced caregiving. 

- Created by Zero to Thrive - Michigan Medicine. 

The Wondering and Reponse Wheel Video

The Wondering and Responses Wheel can help parents respond to children’s behavior and feelings in a way that addresses their needs and supports their positive emotional growth and development. Watch this brief video to learn how to use the Wondering Response Wheel! 

Created by Zero to Thrive - Michigan Medicine. 

Stress Reduction Exercices

These recordings are guided exercises for managing stress and anxiety through mindful awareness, breathing, and simple movements.

- Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

YourSpace Hamilton - FamilySpace Youtube Channel

This Youtube channel offers multiple parenting webinars to help and inform parents and caregivers on different topics, including anxiety in children and youth, understanding ADHD, managing routines, and more.

- Created by YourSpace Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences.

Youth Suicide Prevention Video Series (Free)

​​​​​​These educational videos were created for caregivers of youth with mental health concerns and provide information on how to support and respond to youth when they are thinking of harming themselves or have already tried to do so. 

- Created by McMaster Children’s Hospital.

CTRI - Youtube Channel

The CTRI Youtube Channel provide videos on different topics, including being prensent, overcoming self-criticism, tips for couple counselling, tips to reduce screen time, self-care, and more. 

- Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

The Use of Simulation-Based Learning Approaches to Improve Access to Trauma-Informed Care in Children's Mental Health Settings

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, discusses an innovating training approach that provides access to experiential learning within a community-based setting using multiple modalities within the area of SBL (live in-person, virtual, and gaming situations) to increase access to training and upskilling opportunities for both students and professional practitioners.

- By Angelique Jenney, Emma Morgan & Narmin Nikdel.