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Critical Incidents and Children

The Academic for Critical Incident Analysis annually hosts a conference, examining an important topic in critical incident analysis based on the perspectives and lessons learned from a particular incident. This year, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, the Academy  selected the World Trade Center Attack as the case for study, examining the consequences and perspectives of the incident for children and youth. The conference participants examined the following topics:

  • The experiences of children who were in the immediate vicinity of the towers at the time of the attack;
  • The physical health and mental health consequences for New York City children and youth following the attack;
  • The presentation of the attack to children and youth in textbooks and instructional materials;
  • The presentation of the attack in literature intended for children and youth; and
  • Perspectives of children and youth expressed in their own art, performance and literature.