Alberta Network
For Safe & Healthy Children

Resources for Professionals

All resources for professionals are described below and are available on this site for downloading and printing. The resources for professionals are:

  • Alberta SBS Prevention Education Guide
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Information Sheet for Professionals
  • Facilitator’s Guide to Counselling Parents about Crying, SBS and using the Crying plan.

The Alberta SBS Prevention Education Resource Guide was developed to educate professionals and volunteers and to help them educate others about SBS and its prevention through the provision of PowerPoint presentations and supporting materials. The Guide has been designed for a variety of users – you do not need to be an educator or a healthcare professional to use the Guide.

The Guide includes a Professional Development Session that you can use to:

  • Learn about SBS prevention for your own education.
  • Incorporate SBS prevention into the work that you already do with students, clients or peers.
  • Prepare yourself to deliver education sessions to the primary target groups.
  • Educate other professionals and partners.

This Guide also includes education sessions for the primary target groups of parents and expectant parents, youth, and other caregivers. These sessions include interactive components and cover:

  • why babies cry
  • how to soothe a crying baby
  • what SBS is, how it happens, and why you must not shake a baby
  • that caregiver frustration is normal and how to manage it

Each session consists of a PowerPoint presentation with suggested narrative, activities, and background information. Handouts and campaign resources, audiovisual materials, and reference materials are also provided.

To download and print the Alberta SBS Prevention Education Guide, click here.

To download one or more PowerPoints click on the title(s) below:

The Shaken Baby Syndrome Information Sheet for Professionals (Colour Version or Back & White Version) provides an overview of Shaken Baby Syndrome, including:

  • Risk factors
  • Prevention strategies

Coping with Crying – Guidelines for Assessment and Using the Crying Plan provides
discussion questions to help you assess how your client is coping. Look for opportunities to communicate the key points listed and discuss coping strategies. The Crying Plan explores ways to calm yourself and ways to calm your baby while identifying family, friends, and service providers who can also help.