Traumaroo Educational Program For Childhood Safety

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Play Safe and Stay Safe with the Traumaroo Safety Series

Traumaroo is the children's safety program of the American Trauma Society that employs the services of the animated character "Troo" to teach important safety habits, with "fun" as a key component. The program helps children develop safe behavior patterns that will become lifelong habits. Traumaroo was developed in 1994 by the American Trauma Society to help reduce preventable injuries among children throughout the country.

Traumaroo Segments:

  • Bicycle Safety:
    Troo explains safe riding habits, including the use of helmets and other protective measures. Also includes accessing Emergency Medical Services.
  • Playground Safety:
    Troo reveals tips on how to have fun in the playground while avoiding injuries. Includes access to Emergency Medical Services.
  • Staying Friends:
    This segment teaches children how to control their anger when a friend reacts inappropriately.
  • Home Safety:
    The AST's most recent Troo program instructs children on various Do's and Don'ts in and around the house.

How the Program Works

An animated video features Troo, the director of Traumaroo Central, which is a high-tech control center where children can view both safe and unsafe behavior. A unique feature of each Traumaroo video is its computer-enhanced animation and multiple television monitors, which highlight unsafe behavior (such as riding a bicycle without a helmet) and display strategies for safe behavior.

After children finish viewing the Troo video, the facilitator (typically a schoolteacher or nurse) structures discussions in which children can explore and share their responses to the program. The Traumaroo program's message is further reinforced as children use the activity books, which feature safety-related word games, connect the dots, coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities.

Children are given pretest evaluations one week before the Troo program to determine their knowledge of the subject, and again after 30 days after the presentation to determine what safety messages were retained. The program has been evaluated in numerous states, and the results reveal that an exceptionally high percentage of children are able to retain the safety messages that are demonstrated to them.

The Traumaroo program includes the following components:

  • DVD featuring all Traumaroo segments
  • Facilitator guide
  • Activity books 
  • Certificates
  • Stickers
  • * Costume available at extra cost

Age Level: Most appropriate for grades kindergarten through fourth grade

Length of Program: 30 or 45 minutes

Method: 90 students or fewer recommended

Equipment Needs: DVD player and TV

Traumaroo materials are available in our Catalog.

For more information on the Traumaroo program, contact the American Trauma Society at 1-800-556-7890 or E-mail us at info@amtrauma.org