We had our 2 day after school trauma training in March and April. Where do I start? First here are some websites
What can we do as educators?
Be aware and learn as much as possible. We have to check ourselves, we need to be a rational as an adult. Use a calm voice, low voice tone, be at eye level, supportive and nurture and tell the child what will happen next. Nurturing, caring and accepting helps students calm down much faster
There are 6 types of trauma.
Acute- a one time event
Neglect- lack of food, clothing, shelter or love
Historical- usually done to a group of people such as Native Americans, refugees, etc
Traumatic- death of a family member, witness to a crime
This is only the beginning, as a teacher who works in a Title 1 school with children who live in poverty and with ELL students, my students face many struggles and this is a topic that I need to learn more about so I can help my students develop a foundations so that they become successful adults.
Here is a pdf of the handout we received. NCTSN Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators.