child at 9/11 memorial

Anniversaries of traumatic events can be very difficult for children of all ages.  Remembering the events of 9/11 can be especially difficult for those who lost a loved one or for those who were directly impacted. In addition, media coverage about the event may increase distress among some children.  Remembrance of this event can be conducted in a way that can decrease distress and increase resilience in children. To that end, we are providing parents, teachers, and other caretakers with important information and guidelines regarding dealing with the anniversary of 9/11.

Preparing for the Anniversary of 9/11: A Guide for Parents
This guide was developed for parents in advance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11. It provides useful guidelines for talking with, and providing support to, all children and adolescents, regardless of the impact of 9/11 on their lives. The last section of the guide was developed specifically for families who lost a loved one on 9/11, and provides tips on preparing for and coping with the anniversary. Download the guide (PDF)

Preparing for the Anniversary of 9/11: A Guide for Teachers
This guide was developed for teachers and school professionals in advance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11. It provides useful tips for all teachers and school-based professionals who interact with children and adolescents, regardless of their exposure to 9/11. The guidelines will assist teachers in helping children cope with their feelings and thoughts and will guide teachers on how to handle questions and reactions regarding the anniversary. Download the guide (PDF)


We Can Help

The NYU Child Study Center offers diagnostic evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from issues related to trauma and grief, including those related to the anniversary of 9/11. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our intake coordinator at (212) 263-8916 or e-mail us at services@aboutourkids.org.