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Trauma Awareness

This curated collection was created in response to school and classroom needs; the guide has resources to help educators understand trauma and its effect on children.

Featured Books

Eyes Are Never Quiet

The eyes of troubled youth are communicating in all moments. Children are our nation's greatest natural resource and their emotional, mental and physiological well-being are at stake. What can we do? We begin with the awareness and research that adversity just doesn't happen to a child -- it attacks and hijacks a child's brain, body and nervous system function reprograming how they react and respond to all life. For educators, counselors, social workers, mental health professionals and law enforcement--this book presents the neurobiology of adversity and trauma in youth.

The Simple Guide to Understanding Shame in Children

This guide provides straightforward answers and explanations to both common and complex questions about the psychological effects of shame. At a time when children are more likely than ever to experience shame, the accessible advice in this book helps adults to boost children's self-esteem.

Essentials of Trauma-Informed Assessment and Intervention in School and Community Settings

Understanding how chronic stress affects child development with step-by-step guidelines for conducting trauma-informed assessments and interventions Children exposed to early negative and adverse experiences may not think, feel, process emotions, behave, respond to, or relate to others the same way that typically developing children do. This volume provides an overview of the deleterious effects of adverse childhood experiences on children's functioning, adjustment, cognitive, social-emotional, behavioral, academic, and neuropsychological outcomes.

Teaching Hope and Resilience for Students Experiencing Trauma

Huge numbers of our students are caught in storms of trauma--whether stemming from abuse, homelessness, poverty, discrimination, violent neighborhoods, or fears of school shootings or family deportations. This practical book focuses on actions that teachers can take to facilitate learning for these students. Identifying positive, connected teacher-student relationships as foundational, the authors offer direction for creating an emotionally safe classroom environment in which students find a refuge from trauma and a space in which to process events.

Childhood Disrupted

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains. Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology.

Trauma-Informed Practices for Early Childhood Educators

This book guides child care providers and early educators working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children to understand trauma as well as its impact on young children's brains, behavior, learning, and development. The book introduces a range of trauma-informed teaching and family engagement strategies that readers can use in their early childhood programs to create strength-based environments that support children's health, healing, and resiliency.

Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences

Nearly half of all children have been exposed to at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), such as poverty, divorce, neglect, substance abuse, or parent incarceration. This workbook-style resource shows K-12 educators how to integrate trauma-informed strategies into daily instructional practice.

Teaching to Strengths

Little has been written about teaching traumatized youth and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this book shows how to identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom; connect to students' experiences through instructional planning and delivery; and foster students' strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences.

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