Pediatric Therapy Corner: Trauma Informed Classrooms – Strategies and Tips
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Did you know that research indicates that more than 68 percent of children have experienced a possible traumatic event by age 16 in the United States? Unfortunately, these children who experience trauma may have difficulties with relationships, cognitive skills (including memory and language development), and overreact to everyday stress.
At schools, staff must learn to adjust their interactions with traumatized students and develop trauma informed classrooms to help students cope.
Creating a trauma information classroom and school culture is a large undertaking that requires formal professional development and training for all staff. Here are a few basic tips and suggestions to help create a trauma information classroom.