The Toolkit for the Well-Child Screening of Military Children and an accompanying waiting are designed to help pediatricians and other primary care providers identify and address the signs of post-traumatic stress among children and families. Development of the toolkit was led by Home Base’s Paula Rauch, MD, and Bonnie Ohye, MD, and was generously funded by the William P. Anderson Foundation.
The Tool Kit was developed by Home Base in collaboration with the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (McPAP). Home Base and McPAP have distributed the toolkit to more than 400 primary care practices which provide care for 1.5 million children in Massachusetts. The toolkit has received state and nationwide attention through the Military Child Education Coalition, and a wide range of government and non–profit child–serving organizations, as well as The Boston Globe.
This Toolkit is intended as a resource to support resiliency in children and their parents. Educators are invaluable to this mission, readily available to students, their parents, and the team of professionals that support them. Educators see children in a setting that is second only to that of their family in being aware of their daily functioning. The Toolkit is intended to assist in early identification of Military Children and parents who can benefit from a warm, familiar adult taking the time to address the stress of a parent’s deployment and reunion. Educators can also, when indicated and in collaboration with others on the student’s team, facilitate an appropriate mental health referral for a student or a student’s family. As part of the Educators Toolkit, Home Base has developed a guide for Classroom Activities to Support Student Resilience.
FOR SCHOOL NURSES
This toolkit is designed to help school nurses, educators and other school professionals better address the emotional needs of Military–Connected Children and Families in school systems. The Tool Kit was developed by Home Base in collaboration with the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (McPAP). The toolkit includes:
- A primer on Military terminology
- Suggestions for starting a conversation with a Military–Connected Child about their parent’s deployment
- Classroom behavior check lists
- Parenting tips about coping with deployment and home coming challenges.