Pediatricians are often the first responders for children and families suffering emotional and psychological reactions to terrorism and other disasters. As such, pediatricians have a unique opportunity to help parents and other caregivers communicate with children in ways that allow them to better understand and recover from traumatic events such as terrorist attacks or other disasters. Pediatricians also can help to facilitate timely referral to mental health services, as appropriate, for these children and their families.

Important tips for parents and other caregivers include:

For additional information, please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics' Children, Terrorism & Disasters Web site at http://www.aap.org/terrorism.

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