How Can I Support Students Who Have Experienced Trauma?

Trauma can have significant impacts on a student’s behavior in the classroom and overall academic performance. By age 4, about 25% of children have experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). In some New York City neighborhoods, over 83% of students have experienced at least one ACE. Positive relationships with students can support their resiliency and management of behaviors.

As an educator, you can help promote school-wide trauma-sensitive practices to keep students safe and to limit their exposure to triggers. Strengths-based approaches, staff trainings, and inviting physical environments can help students manage their stress. Explore our materials on creating trauma-sensitive schools below.