As an association dedicated to protecting the health of children and families everywhere, we are deeply saddened by the tragic tornadoes ripping through Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.
Please see AACAP's related resources for helping children deal with disaster and violence. These resources are a starting point in addressing the trauma that affects victims of disasters and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling. Our disaster resources were created for those coping with loss and grief, and for those seeking to foster a dialogue with their children about regional and national news events.
Check out AACAP's resources to help families
- Disaster Resource Center
- AACAP's Facts for Families on Helping Children after a Disaster
- Talking to Children about Earthquakes & Other Natural Disasters
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has dedicated web pages on the readiness, response, and recovery after various natural disasters, including earthquakes and tornadoes:
- After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Tornado
DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the guidebook used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose mental disorders in children and adults. The new guidebook, DSM-5, contains significant changes to the criteria currently used to diagnose autism, including incorporating several diagnoses (Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) into the single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new criteria for ASD are based on research and expert opinion and are intended to more accurately and consistently diagnose children with autism.
AACAP has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions about these changes to help families understand the impact they may have on children with autism. For more information, click here for AACAP's Autism Resource Center.