Trauma-informed practices in the classroom
Childhood trauma can affect a student’s trajectory in terms of physical, emotional, and academic development. Physically, trauma can affect brain development and hormonal responses. The hormonal responses can result in students being in a constant fight, flight, or freeze. These responses to trauma can affect emotional development in terms of self-regulation, self-esteem, relationships, and responsible decision-making. Students can not learn effectively if they are in a state of emotional dis-regulation and do not feel safe. Hence the need for trauma-informed practices that meet the needs of students that have experienced trauma and are unable to self-soothe. This project includes workshops defining childhood trauma and its impact on academic, social and emotional domains. Then a discussion of trauma-informed practices that can be incorporated in the classroom setting.