Strategies and Methods for Implementing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
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Strategies and Methods for Implementing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Keshona Carianne Beasley (Rewind Pittsburgh, USA) and Carianne Bernadowski (Robert Morris University, USA)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7473-7
ISBN13: 9781799874737|ISBN10: 1799874737|EISBN13: 9781799874751|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799874744


Twenty first century classrooms are diverse in nature and are ever changing. Students enter classrooms with many experiences, both positive and negative, that influence and affect their ability to learn. More specifically, children who have experienced trauma often experience struggles socially, emotionally, and academically, which affects both the students and the classroom in which they learn. Studies are finding that young children, including infants, can be negatively affected by occurrences that threaten their safety or the safety of their loved ones. That is, many children enter classrooms each day carrying the various burdens and outward manifestations of the impacts of trauma. Because of this, it is essential that vulnerable children be identified as early as possible after a traumatic event. Moreover, after the initial traumatic experiences (e.g., parental neglect, emotional abuse), children are more likely to have mental health problems and other hardships correlated with exposure to multiple violent acts.

Unfortunately, many educators are not adequately trained to identify the signs of trauma in children. In fact, they may misinterpret the outward behavioral manifestations of trauma as other conduct disorders. This guide will help teachers and administrators identify manifestations of trauma in children and explain the characteristics and classroom interventions and resources that can aid educators in supporting students that have experienced trauma. This is important because certain developmental risks associated with young children’s traumatic experiences has an impact on students’ performance in the classroom. Over time, this association with negative outcomes can manifest as psychological issues, opposing and hostile behavior, and serious illnesses. This book will help set the stage for environments that encourage and foster safety for all children, including those who have experienced trauma.

This book will grant readers with an understanding of the effects of trauma and the ways in which it manifests in children and more about the resources and community options to support children who have experienced trauma. Furthermore, chapters will discuss strategies to help students who have experienced trauma to help them learn in the classroom and manage their behavior in positive ways to cultivate a healthy community of learners.

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