Online Training Toolkit Now Available!
In partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Jockey Being Family, the AAP has developed materials for pediatricians on how to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to identify traumatized children, educate families about toxic stress, and empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma. The guide is accompanied by a coding tip sheet, discharge form, and an educational handout for families. The materials can be downloaded from www.aap.org/traumaguide
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Pediatricians are in a unique and trusted position to be able to identify children who have been exposed to abuse or neglect. In addition, pediatricians can help prevent abuse and neglect by providing parents and guardians with important information on what they can expect at various developmental stages, positive parenting techniques, and information on supportive services when challenges require additional support. More information can be found on the Child Abuse and Neglect pages, as well as with the Academy's Section on Child Abuse and Neglect.
The Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Project recently launched its online training toolkit
. This toolkit is designed to provide pediatricians, medical home teams, residents, and others the resources they need to equip themselves and others to effectively address the issue of exposure to violence and trauma with children and their families.