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Help Kids Cope

By University of California, Los Angeles

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Help Kids Cope is an app designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different disasters they may experience or have already experienced. This app includes 10 different disaster types with sections in each on how to explain, prepare, respond, and heal from the event their family is concerned with. Each section gives guidance on talking to preschool, school-age, and adolescent children, as well as, includes ways parents can help themselves cope and support their children’s reactions. Parent audio icons are located throughout the app—simply tap on these to hear a parent’s personal story. Make sure your device is not on mute or vibrate to hear these stories.

Help Kids Cope was a collaborative effort between the Ozark Center and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This app is designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different disasters they may or have already experienced.

Project Team

Melissa J. Brymer, PhD, PsyD
DeAnna Griffin, MA
Jonathan Gunderson
Mariana Holliday, MA
Vicky Mieseler, MS
Cynthia Whitham, LCSW

The project team expresses its appreciation to Derek Gaarder, Dr. Joy Osofsky, the Ozark Center, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress for contributing to the audio segments. Some of the content originated from Dr. Robin Gurwitch and Dr. Merritt Schreiber.

Funding for this project was provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Ozark Center, Inc., and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Missouri Foundation for Health, Ozark Center, SAMHSA or HHS.

The Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge and funding.

About the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

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Customer Reviews

EMS Director and PNP

I've been exploring the app which is great but I was wondering if there are plans to add man made disaster events to it as topic sections especially in the area of exposure to shootings and domestic violence?

I would also recommend adding content associated with supporting children of different ages for events where the child is involved vs viewing events on media and TV?

Great resource for parents and children

As a counselor I looked over the app and found the information to be very useful for my own work with families! I also agree with another reviewer that I wish they would include man-made traumatic events that many children experience such as witnessing murder, school/mass shootings, domestic violence, and sexual assault/abuse.

Great help in time of need

This app gives parents the best info on how to deal emotionally with the aftermath of disasters.

Help Kids Cope
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 49.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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