Trauma Informed School Newsletter--January 2016 Edition

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1, 2, 3: A Trauma Sensitive Toolkit

This is a 178 page toolkit! It has some amazing tips and tools that can be altered to fit in classroom settings when working with students who exhibit trauma symptoms.

CULTURAL LEARNINGS: Somali and Mental Health/Trauma

This is an EXCELLENT document that discusses Somali Refugees and Immigrants and Mental Health. This article is SPECIFIC to the Somali Refugees/Immigrants that have come to reside in St. Paul/Minneapolis. Highly recommended!! Very insightful!

Refugees & Trauma

Events that refugees have experienced related to war or persecution can all be called “traumatic events.” It is important to note that children are very resilient and can often cope with difficult experiences and events in healthy and productive ways. Such children may not display any symptoms and may not need service providers to intervene. However, for some children, exposure to traumatic events has a profound and lasting effect on their daily functioning. Exposure to traumatic events can cause the following general symptoms in children of all ages:
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The impact of exposure to traumatic events on children may be different depending on the child’s age and stage of development. There are some signs of distress as a result of exposure to traumatic events that are specific to a child’s developmental stage. For example:

Preschool children may experience:

  • Bed wetting
  • Thumb sucking
  • Acting younger than their age
  • Trouble separating from their parents
  • Temper tantrums
  • Aggressive behavior like hitting, kicking, throwing things, or biting
  • Not playing with other kids their age
  • Repetitive playing out of events related to trauma exposure

Elementary school children may experience:

  • Changes in their behavior such as aggression, anger, irritability, withdrawal from others, and sadness
  • Trouble at school
  • Trouble with peers
  • Fear of separation from parents
  • Fear of something bad happening

Middle school and high school aged youth may experience:

  • A sense of responsibility or guilt for the bad things that have happened
  • Feelings of shame or embarrassment
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Changes in how they think about the world
  • Loss of faith
  • Problems in relationships including peers, family, and teachers
  • Conduct problems

Next PD FRIDAY Trauma Informed School Training

Friday, Feb. 12th, 8:30pm

Principal's Conference Room

Come during your PD Friday time to the Principal Conference Room to attend the next PD on Trauma Informed Schools.

Remember.... All it takes is one person to change a life!

Nashville: "Believing" by Chip Esten (Deacon) & Lennon Stella (Maddie)