David J. Schonfeld, MD is a pediatrician from Yale University School of Medicine, specializing in behavioral and developmental pediatrics. He is active in the area of children's mental health and the problems that children suffer as a result of disasters and terrorism. Dr. Schonfeld begins his lecture with simple and practical advice on how to support children and families during and after a crisis. He then outlines common symptoms of adjustment reactions that children can have and reviews the risk factors that will help identify which children are likely to benefit most from additional mental health services beyond "psychological first aid." In his lecture, Dr. Schonfeld shares some results of surveys that other people have done in New York City about the needs of children after 9/11. Finally, Dr. Schonfeld mentions general considerations for hospital and community preparedness planning for terrorism and disasters as related to children's mental health.