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Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation and Trauma

Resources for Adults Who Care for Them

Young children and their families can be tremendously affected by trauma, with significant implications for well-being well into the future. And while young children can be very expressive, they often do not have the skills or ability to use words to express how they are feeling. Adults may notice a variety of unexpected, atypical behaviors, and may need help understanding and nurturing infants and toddlers who have been affected. Fortunately, there are infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) clinicians across the country who have experience working with this population and are trained to provide developmentally appropriate, two-generation, trauma-informed services.

This page offers resources for families and caregivers working with very young children who have experienced trauma as well as connection to specialized mental health professionals who understand the needs of very young children. Please see the directory below to reach an IECMH contact in your state who has volunteered to field inquiries and make connections to resources and clinicians.

IECMH professionals have also developed numerous resources to help parents, caregivers, and other adults support children who are affected by trauma. Please take a look at the Featured and Additional Resources sections to find free materials in English and Spanish to support your work with infants, toddlers, and caregivers who have experienced trauma.


Featured Resources

When We Are Scared (webinar for adults; Chandra Ghosh Ippen)
Available in Spanish.

In this webinar, the animals from the book “Once I Was Very Very Scared” share their story and help others learn about stress and trauma. This webinar shares common reactions to stress and how to support healing and recovery.

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal (NCTSN)

Young children know when bad things happen, and they remember what they have been through. After a scary event, we often see changes in their behavior. This tip sheet offers tips for parents to help young children heal after a traumatic event.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters (NCTSN)

Available in English and Spanish. PFA is an evidence-informed approach to help families in the immediate aftermath of disaster. This resource offers guidance to support infants and toddlers.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters (NCTSN)

Available in English and Spanish. PFA is an evidence-informed approach to help families in the immediate aftermath of disaster. This resource offers guidance to support preschool-age children.


State IECMH Contacts

State Contact Organization
Alabama Jacqueline Navidad Help Me Grow Alabama
Alaska Gail Trujillo Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Arizona Clay Jones Arizona Association for Infant Mental Health
Arkansas Jamie Ward Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health
California Jenni Silverstein California Association for Infant Mental Health
Colorado Jean Cimino Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health
Connecticut Margaret Holmberg Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
Delaware
District of Columbia Dorinda Williams Georgetown University
Florida Lisa Negrini Florida Association for Infant Mental Health
Georgia Gloria Smith Cissé The Southern Center for Choice Theory
Hawaii Gail Breakey Hawaii Association for Infant Mental Health
Idaho Carol Young Aim Early Idaho
Illinois Delreen Schmidt-Lenz Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
Indiana Angela Tomlin Infancy Onward
Iowa Patricia Rogness Children and Families of Iowa
Kansas Beth Blubaugh Kansas Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Kentucky
Louisiana Devi Miron Murphy Louisiana Infant Mental Health Association
Maine Debra Nugent Johnson Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, Inc.
Maryland Kay Connors University of Maryland School of Medicine
Massachusetts Mathieu Bermingham Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health
Michigan Joni Zieldorff Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
Minnesota Arielle Handevidt Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
Mississippi Linda West Mississippi Families for Kids
Missouri Holly Griffin Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Montana Robin Lynn Treptow Wisdom for the Body & for the Soul
Nebraska Jennie Cole-Mossman Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children
Nevada Rhonda Lawrence Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
New Hampshire Ellyn Schreiber New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health
New Jersey Terri Buccarelli New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health
New Mexico Anna Vendrely New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health
New York Wendy Bender New York State Association for Infant Mental Health
North Carolina Rachel Kaplan North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
North Dakota
Ohio Twinkle Schottke Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health
Oklahoma Maggie Elder Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health
Oregon Sherri Alderman Oregon Infant Mental Health Association
Pennsylvania Una Majmudar Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health
Rhode Island Jean Twomey Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health
South Carolina Kerrie Schnake
South Dakota
Tennessee Angela Webster AIMHiTN, Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee
Texas Natalie Baerwaldt First3Years
Utah Codie Thurgood Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Vermont
Virginia Judith Martens Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health
Washington Jamie Elzea Washington Association for Infant Mental Health
West Virginia Erin Roxby West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association
Wisconsin Lana Nenide Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Wyoming Michael Morgan University of Wyoming

If you are an IECMH professional and would like to volunteer to serve as a statewide contact for a state with no contact currently listed, please contact Lindsay Usry at lusry@zerotothree.org.


Additional Resources for Parents, Caregivers and Other Professionals

Shelter from the Storm (ZERO TO THREE)

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Resource Collection (AAIMH)

Includes topical coloring book (English and Spanish) and resources for alternative caregivers as well as for parents.

Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress, and Trauma (NCTSN)

Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers (NCTSN)

Once I was Very Very Scared (Chandra Ghosh Ippen)

Key Points: Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children (NCTSN)

Select NCTSN Resources Related to Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Trauma (NCTSN)


Partners

This page was created in collaboration with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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    Lindsay Usry

    Senior Policy Analyst

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