September 2, 2020
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has found that one out of four children attending school have been exposed to a traumatic event. A child impacted by trauma may experience physical ailments, intrusive thoughts and fears, and decreased attention and concentration. This session will discuss the definition of trauma, how trauma affects children, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, trauma interventions, and how to create a safe environment for children. An essential protective factor for childhood trauma is the presence of a positive, caring adult who can help shield children against adverse experiences. Specific hands-on tools, strategies, and resources will be discussed to help staff engage children, increase children’s resiliency, and support emotional self-regulation.