Presentation Title

The Trauma Informed Classroom

Highest Degree of Primary Presenter

Specialist Degree

Presentation Abstract

The effects of childhood trauma have been negatively altering the lives of individuals long before the 1990's when the DSM-IV finally recognized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could be applied to children as well as adults. Today, the effects of untreated and undiagnosed childhood trauma reach into our homes, schools and communities to impair emotional, cognitive and social functioning. The devastation has reached epic proportions in the United States.

The Trauma Informed Classroom is a presentation that is appropriate for all school personnel as well as parents as we will explore the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study and discuss what can be done to counteract high ACE scores in our students and children. Participants will learn about the connection between trauma and toxic stress and how trauma impacts the brain in the areas of social, emotional and cognitive function. We will identify the three types of trauma according to The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and discover overlaps between trauma and medical or mental health diagnoses and why trauma is often misidentified. In addition, school professionals will learn simple strategies that can be implemented in classrooms and schools now to create trauma-informed environments that foster success in all students.

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The Trauma Informed Classroom

The effects of childhood trauma have been negatively altering the lives of individuals long before the 1990's when the DSM-IV finally recognized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could be applied to children as well as adults. Today, the effects of untreated and undiagnosed childhood trauma reach into our homes, schools and communities to impair emotional, cognitive and social functioning. The devastation has reached epic proportions in the United States.

The Trauma Informed Classroom is a presentation that is appropriate for all school personnel as well as parents as we will explore the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study and discuss what can be done to counteract high ACE scores in our students and children. Participants will learn about the connection between trauma and toxic stress and how trauma impacts the brain in the areas of social, emotional and cognitive function. We will identify the three types of trauma according to The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and discover overlaps between trauma and medical or mental health diagnoses and why trauma is often misidentified. In addition, school professionals will learn simple strategies that can be implemented in classrooms and schools now to create trauma-informed environments that foster success in all students.