Parenting Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters (National)

The parenting tips included in this document reflect the current national standards for psychological first aid training. The document presents a nicely organized matrix useful for identifying various responses to disaster by age and behavior type. Although the guide discusses disasters in a general context, the psychological first aid materials on impact of media coverage and loss of loved ones may be particularly relevant to a pandemic situation. One reviewer noted that the guide is not designed for accessible reference because it is generally used as a conceptual and skills-based training tool; however, the appendices and handouts may be useful tools for field responders and families. While the entire training tool has relevance for disaster responders who must provide psychological first aid, Appendix E is a discrete section that parents and family members could use independently to enhance resiliency.

One reviewer cautioned that the guide is intended to serve as a training manual for psychological first aid providers, and agencies may need to judge whether the tools are amenable for use by or distribution to the general public.

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