Family and Friends

Care for My Family and Friends

We know the importance of reaching out to offer support and encourage connectedness. While we all need to practice physical distancing, we need our social connectedness more than ever. How can we help others consider what they need right now?

Be thoughtful about what is yours to take on

The Serenity Prayer, written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”


What do Families and Children Need?

Prevent Child Abuse New York: Resources for families and those working with them
1 -800 -CHILDREN - Information and Referral Helpline – free, confidential and multi-lingual

Center on the Developing Child Harvard University: A Guide to Covid-10 and Early Childhood Development

Neurosequential Network: NN COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series 
Videos with Dr. Bruce Perry

NN COVID Series: 1 - Patterns of Stress determine Risk & Resilience
​How the pattern of stress can determine risk or resilience.  The importance of structure, predictability and moderation of daily stress is highlighted.  The malleability of the capacity to demonstrate resilience is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 2 - Understanding State-dependent Functioning
How stress and distress change the way we think, feel and behave.  The relevance for the current pandemic is discussed.

NN COVID Series: 3 - Emotional Contagion
The 'emotional contagion' and talks about the power of calm.  The concept of power differential is discussed in context of human interactions and discusses the importance of calm, regulated leadership in times of stress and distress.

NN COVID Series: 4 - Sequence of Engagement
The sequential processing of experience in the brain.  The Regulate-Relate-Reason heuristic is explained. This simple but powerful concept can help minimize miscommunication and behavioral challenges (especially with dysregulated adults and children).

NN COVID Series: 5 - Understanding Regulation
​Reviews some of the basics of 'regulation' and helps viewers understand why patterned, repetitive somatosensory activity is regulating.  The primary regulatory role of dissociation is also discussed.  Very basic neuroscience about stress and regulation can help viewers understand the power of intentional regulatory practices - especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

NN COVID Series: 6 - Dosing & Spacing
The importance of the "pattern" of stress and stress activation with a focus on the concept of 'dosing.'  What is considered a "moderate" dose of stress - why is this important in building resilience?  And what is the power of the moment?  This video presents some important background for understanding the importance of small but powerful relational moments.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Covid-19 resources
TTAC Webinar: Supporting Families and Caregivers of Infants and Young Children Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic: TTAC hosted a webinar titled Supporting Families and Caregivers of Infants and Young Children Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic presented by Gerard Costa, Ph.D. & Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.