When disaster strikes, like floods and tornadoes, children can seem like they are coping well. Although most children recover with appropriate support from their parents, for some, the cracks of trauma start to appear down the track. Their resilience to such tragedies depends on how well the adults around them are coping - teachers included. In this post, I write about my experience of of working in a school community impacted by the floods. I also share my learnings about the different types of trauma and its impact on students and teachers.
Educator Insights breakdown theory and research to give teacher practical advice and strategies. In his book, The Body Keeps Score, Dr. Van Der Kolk, one of the leading researchers in the area of psychological trauma, uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain. Click on the picture below to check the book out on Amazon.com. Keep reading for a summary of chapter 6 of the book.