Childhood Trauma

Childhood Trauma - How to Identify and What To Do

Childhood Trauma - How to Identify and What To Do

Behavior or Trauma? Learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Scores) and how they affect brain development. Also learn about what you can do in the classroom to address student behavior when it is the result of childhood trauma.



We all have had students in our classrooms who have not responded to even our most effective behavior management strategies. The information included in this professional development session was selected to help us increase our understanding of why this might be and more importantly - what we can do to increase the likelihood of helping these students be successful.


Watch the two video clips:


- How Brains Are Built


- Still Face Experiment


On the Padlet Link, post thoughts, feelings or takeaways from the two videos.


Next, take the ACE Quiz. On the Padlet link, share whether ACE scores are something you have heard about before or if this is something new to you. Also share one thought you had while completing this activity.


Finally read the following two articles.


"10 Things About Childhood Trauma that Every Teacher Needs to Know"


"A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids"


On the Padlet link, reflect using the following:

- Identify one Assumption that the author(s) may have

- Identify what you Agree with in the text

- What do you want to Argue in the text

- Something in the text you wish to Aspire to do


**Please fill out this survey after completing the Childhood Trauma activities.


If anyone is wanting to learn more about how to work with students who have experienced trauma, a great resource is the book "Help for Billy" by Heather T. Forbes. We have several copies in the district so if you'd like to borrow one, just comment on the padlet and we'll be sure to get you a copy.

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