“The existence of AHT in infants and young children is a settled scientific fact. The scientific support for the diagnosis of AHT comes from over 40 years of research in a broad array of clinical and basic science disciplines, including pediatrics, neurosciences, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, radiology, pathology, epidemiology, and biomechanics. In a report issued in April 2012, the CDC reported that ‘serious traumatic brain injury in young children is largely the result of abuse.'”American Academy of Pediatrics


Who is Matty?

Matty Eappen died at the age of eight months as a result of being violently shaken by a caregiver. This foundation was established in his memory to improve the safety and welfare of children by educating the public about the dangers of shaking a child and to provide assistance to victims and their families.
Read more about Matty. 


SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. Infant crying is the most frequently cited trigger for shaking.

Support for parents & caregivers 


Over the last several years, the body of peer-reviewed scientific research on SBS/AHT and infant crying  has grown significantly.

Click here to read short summaries of recently completed studies.


Grant requests are reviewed quarterly by board members. Grants must meet mission statement criteria.

Announcing our 2015 Grant Recipients!


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