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 4 of the book.
Children who encounter frightening experiences of abuse and neglect, are often challenging to support in schools. They take up a lot of time of the teachers and school administrators, who become frustrated and defeated. A trauma-informed approach to supporting students requires an understanding of how trauma impacts children and their capacity to learn and engage in the school community. It presents teachers with new opportunities to intervene and make a lasting difference in the student's life. In this post, I present you with my experience of learning about child trauma and implementing trauma-informed strategies in schools.
Heard of GoNoodle? Learn all about brain breaks and how to use it with students in your classroom! Its free and has hundreds of ideas & videos for kids to move!
Check out this great video by Dr. Bruce Perry explaining the role of relationships for children in learning to manage their emotions.
A video about the amygdala in our brain and how to calm it down. Check out the videos description of practical distress tolerance strategies for kids!
How does trauma affect the body? Click on the picture above to check this this great video by Dr. Stephen Porges talking about his 'Polyvagal Theory' through his personal experiences.