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Family Matters Blog: Families Can Access Military Child Guide

By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 – This blog is reprinted from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury website. - Elaine Sanchez

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury has developed a military child resource for parents, other family members and health care providers.

The “Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide” is a quick-reference tool that addresses the mental and emotional well-being of military children.

Whether concerns are associated with deployment, rehabilitation or reintegration, all can be challenging for the entire family unit, especially children. The resource guide is one way to help recognize and respond to the psychological and emotional health needs of children of military families.

Age-appropriate resources listed in the guide include books, films, websites and social media support groups on topics such as deployment, homecoming, grief, mental and emotional health, and moving.

One of the resources listed under mental and emotional health is the Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative, intended for preschool-age children. This bilingual, multimedia initiative guides families through multiple challenges, such as deployments, homecomings and changes that occur when a parent comes home.

Click on the links below to learn more about each one:

For more information, download a copy of the guide today. If you can’t find what you need or are looking for other types of resources related to psychological health or TBI, contact a DCoE Outreach Center trained health resource consultant by calling 866-966-1020, emailing resources@dcoeoutreach.org or chatting live through the DCoE website

For more family-related posts like this one, visit the Family Matters Blog website or check out Family Matters on Facebook and Twitter.


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