Trauma-informed care (TIC) is defined by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network  as medical care in which all parties involved assess, recognize and respond to the effects of traumatic stress on children, caregivers and healthcare providers. The resources below, including resources from the AAP Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment, and Resilience (PATTeR) project, provide information and guidance on implementing TIC in pediatric settings.

Check out updated resources to hang up in your clinic or share with families and caregivers, including new infographics now available in Spanish.

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Trauma-Informed Care Overview

A traumatic event is a frightening, dangerous or violent event that poses a threat to a child’s life or body integrity. Trauma can result from adversities such as community violence, natural disasters, unintentional injuries, terrorism, racism, immigrant or refugee traumas and/or those involving the caregiving relationship such as intimate partner violence, parental substance use, parental mental illness, caregiver death, separation from a caregiver, neglect or abuse – originally defined as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Pediatricians are likely to be the first, and often only, professionals who encounter the nearly two thirds of American children who have experienced trauma and have the greatest potential for early identification and response to childhood trauma.

TIC is fundamentally relational health care – the ability to form safe, stable and nurturing relationships (SSNRs). Pediatricians are able to support the caregiver-child relationship, the context in which there can be recovery from trauma and the restoration of resilience.

Moving Beyond ACE Scores Infographic

This infographic explains why collecting an ACE score is not effective clinically and how to provide trauma-informed care instead.


The Power of Relationships in Pediatric Care: Uncovering Trauma & Adversity

Children have often experienced challenges or trauma that might be hidden during a physical exam. In this video, Khadijia Tribié Reid, MD, MPH, FAAP, tells the story of one family’s visit that revealed some personal trauma. She talks about the importance of going beyond the checklists and building trusted relationships with patients and families to better support them through hard times.

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New Online Course: Trauma-Informed Care and Resilience Promotion

This video-based series aims to empower pediatricians and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based, trauma-informed care and resilience promotion in their everyday practice. CME and MOC credit available for this course.

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AAP Recommendations

The AAP provides recommendations and guidelines to support pediatricians, other pediatric health care providers and health care systems in the implementation of trauma-informed care.

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Trauma-Informed Care Resources

The resources below provide information and guidance to support pediatricians in taking a trauma-informed approach to pediatric care.

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Related AAP Resources & Initiatives 

Click on the resources below to learn more about related initiatives.

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