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.