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How Does Trauma-Informed Education Help Students?

21st September 2022

TRAUMA- this six letters word is a lethal bomb that leaves a long-lasting effect on anybody’s mind. Traumatic stress is a dangerous condition that alters the mental health of people in the long run. Trauma affects learning in a massive way and that is why short-term SEN courses are coming up with trauma-informed teaching strategies to support students with trauma.
 

Trauma Suicide Children
 
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This figure speaks in volume and you can understand different reasons why a child is through trauma. Special education services have also conducted various surveys and have discovered significant data that spit authentic facts every time. The US Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD reports that 3%-15% of girls and 1%-6% of boys who experience trauma develop PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).

That data also speaks about how PTSD affects children mentally when they grow up. This image is excessively emotional and we hope someday this world will be free of reasons that hit traumas to children. Trauma-informed care has, therefore, made a pact with special education service providers to promote awareness of trauma-informed strategies for teachers.

Academic performances of students who have faced severe traumas in their childhood have degraded a lot. Trauma casts a detrimental effect on anybody who goes through it, let alone kids. Childhood trauma is something that makes kids excessive cautious and they can’t feel safe whenever any odd scenario pops up. The image below portrays how traumatic events have given rise to various mental health issues.
 

Prevalence of childhood trauma in psychiatric outpatients
 
Credit: annals-general-psychiatry.biomedcentral.com

That is the reason why trauma-informed teaching strategies are coming into the picture. Let’s see what is trauma-informed education and how teachers are implementing those strategies. Teachers learn to identify special learners who need this esteemed form of educational approach.

Let’s now see how trauma-informed schools are implementing trauma-informed approach in education. Before we start, this is a disclaimer for special educators that they should not feel that students who have traumatic pasts are wicked or mean minded. From the images you can definitely get a notion that how pathetic and distressful it becomes for children to get over those terrible incidents. Therefore, they should be dealt with love and care, and teachers must be empathetic enough to feel them.
 

Relationship building: The first step to get close to any person is to build a relationship that is transparent, non-toxic, and obviously unconditional. Giving enough space and time to kids is one of the vital things that teachers should go for. Communication is the key to success and the more special educators communicate with kids the better will be their bonding. Asking questions like, ‘Hey, how are you feeling today?’, gives a feeling of closeness.

Constructive discipline: There are many schools that go for stringent punishments for students without letting them to explain. That results damn adversely and often creates resistant effect where students are no more scared of the results and become desperate to do things that are forbidden. trauma-informed teaching strategies imply on creating a small committee where both teachers are students are members. Students get chances to explain themselves during the emergence of any such scenario.

Building self-esteem: Let’s get this straight, listening to motivational podcasts might boost up someone’s confidence but unless she/he is given an opportunity to work on something, their minds remain perplexed. It is the responsibility of teachers to encourage students to participate in various activities and motivate them to work hard to reach the end. This trait will help traumatic students to regain their self-esteem and confidence.

Changing the channel: This particular formula matters a lot when it comes to teaching children having a traumatized past. Our brain is the largest data storage cloud that exists in the entire universe and it keeps shuffling incidients quite often. There remain various memories and they keep coming pack like a cycle. While there is no activity kids tend to ponder upon the traumas they’ve gone through.

It hampers their mental state and teachers play an integral role by diverting their minds. ‘Let’s go for a walk”, or ‘Do you want to learn a new thing?’ teachers often ask these question to keep there minds engaged as much as possible. Practicing a new skill helps students to get rid of such thoughts gradually.

Trauma affects learning severely and hence, trauma-informed teaching strategies are into the picture. Short term SEN courses are therefore, promoting the need for trauma informed education so that students who have traumatic past can get involved into academic learning process more smoothly. Enquire more about short term SEN courses in this number 1800-212-6400.


Written By: Sheetal Sharma      

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