Kansas School Mental Health Initiative provides communities – school, parents and community partners – with information to support the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of children within a multi-tier system of supports.
- Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency
(Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- Stress & Childhood (Families Together, Inc. and KPIRC)
- School Mental Health: A Resource for Kansas School Communities (TASN)
- TASN School Mental Health Initiative (TASN)
- Mental Health and Functional Behavioral Assessment (TASN)
- Mental Health Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence Fact Sheets (TASN)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. The more ACEs a child experiences, the more likely he is to struggle with learning, playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.
- ACEs: After the Hospital: Helping My Child Cope
- ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions
- A Guide to Toxic Stress
- The Developing Brain & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Trauma is an emotional response to an intense event that threatens or causes harm. The harm can be physical or emotional, real or perceived, and it can threaten the child or someone close to him or her. Trauma can be the result of a single event, or it can result from exposure to multiple events over time.
Trauma & Traumatic Stress Resources
- Families and Caregivers: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Facts on Traumatic Stress and Children with Developmental Disabilities
- Signs of Trauma
- The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who have Experienced Trauma
- Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (Video)
- Trauma and Violence
- What is Childhood Trauma?
- What is Childhood Trauma? What are Traumatic Events?
Trauma: How you can help.
- 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know
- Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event: A Recovery Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders
- Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma
- Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences
- Supporting Students Experiencing Childhood Trauma: Tips for Parents and Educators
- Trauma Sensitivity During the IEP Process
- Trauma-Informed Practices: Considerations for the IEP Meeting
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from frustrations and to recover from setbacks. Resilient individuals adapt to change, stress or problems. They are able to take things in stride. The result of this bouncing back is a feeling of success and confidence.
- A 4-Step Process for Building Student Resilience
- Building Resilience in Young Children
- In Brief: Resilience Video Series
- Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool
The TASN School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI) is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (#H323A17006) and is administered by the Kansas Department of Education.