Stories for children that grownups can watch


“Stories” is an innovative set of materials that identify and highlight warning signs resulting from childhood exposure to trauma and violence. The goal is to raise awareness of the need to prevent, identify and treat exposure to trauma and violence in young children and to provide resource information for families. The target audience is infants and children under age of 6, and their parents, caregivers, and service providers.
The information is presented as a collection of tools in a series of interactive DVDs with animated films, support video segments, coloring/activity books, and professional tutorials from leading experts in the field. The core message, which carries throughout the Stories project, is “Bring the kids back into focus… so every child can be safe from the start.”

A Clingy Thing

Lulita had heard her parents arguing, really loudly.  It frightened her and she had become clingy like a bug.  “A Clingy Thing” is about the clinginess and insecurity that can come about from exposure to violence and trauma.  It includes tips for responding to children exhibiting symptoms.

Support Segments

Inside Him

Eddie was really bothered by the things he had seen and heard but was very afraid to talk about it.  “Inside Him” is about how adults can help children talk about what they have seen or heard that might be upsetting to them.

Support Segments


A mobile hangs sweetly over a baby’s crib, and the butterfly, bee and teddy bear hear all that happens in the house. Mobile focuses on how infants react to conflict, and provides parents and caregivers tips for keeping infants safe and happy.

Support Segments

Books for Parents


Everybody Has Feelings: Todos Tenemos Sentimientos: The Moods of Children. C.E. Avery. Gyphon House. For ages 2 to 5.

A Terrible Thing Happened. Margaret M. Holmes. Dalmation Press. Franklin, Tennessee. For ages 4 to 7.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings. E. E. Emberley. Little Brown & Company. New York, New York. For ages 4 to 8.

Why Did It Happen? Janice Cohen. Morrow Junior Books. New York, New York. For ages 5 and up.

I Can Make My World a Safer Place: A Kid’s Book about Stopping Violence. Paul Kivel. Hunter House Inc. Publishers. Alameda, California. For ages 6 to 11.

Reactions. Allison Salloum. Centering Corporation. Chicago, Illinois. For ages 9 to 12.