Toolkit for Providers and Others to Help Kids Cope with the Aftermath of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Developing a tool kit of resources for health care providers assisting children to cope with the effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks

In 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Task Force on Terrorism, Elk Grove Village, Ill., assembled a Children, Terrorism & Disasters Toolkit to help pediatricians, parents, community leaders and others assist children dealing with traumatic events.

Key Results

  • The printed version of the toolkit includes:

    • Fact sheets on disaster preparedness for children.
    • Information on how to respond to children's emotional needs.
    • A color poster on smallpox.
    • A list of online resources taken from American Academy of Pediatrics' website.

    The Web site provides information about emerging health threats as well as existing research on the special needs of children. It addresses clinical questions and concerns of health care providers on issues such as:

    • Bioterrorism.
    • Chemical terrorism.
    • Radiological events.
    • The psychological aspects of terrorism.

    It also provides guidance to families on how to communicate with children in the wake of disaster. The site includes links to other organizations working on terrorism and disaster planning.