Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Child Trauma

The Child Trauma section provides information and resources for parents and caregivers to help their child who has been the victim of a traumatic event. We offer important information specific to childhood trauma including understanding the impact of trauma on children, recognizing the signs and symptoms of childhood traumatic stress, learning about when to worry and how to get help, and what type of treatments are available locally as well as nationally. There are many local and national organizations that can help parents and caregivers learn more about childhood trauma and can be found by clicking here. We also provide an extensive resource library filled with publications, facts and figures, links and a section on frequently asked questions.

To get a list of providers/agencies trained in the following Trauma-Focused therapies, click on the links below:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) (This takes you to the Evidence-Based Practice Directory)

To learn more about the Child Health and Development Institute’s Child Trauma work, click here.

April is World Autism Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for disorders of brain development characterized by a range of symptoms. ASD is characterized by many different symptoms, the most common being difficulties with social interaction, difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The degrees to which a child on the spectrum will experience each difficulty can vary greatly. There are no medical tests to diagnose Autism. Instead, physicians and psychologists administer behavioral evaluations. Treatments can include both behavioral treatments and medicines, with professional teams working closely with the child and their family. Recognizing the early signs of Autism can lead to earlier intervention, resulting in better outcomes. To access resources related to Autism, please click here. You can also visit and search for “Autism” in our resources database.