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"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

Trauma

One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior.  This startling statistic indicates the need for school staff to understand the impact and implications that trauma has in the school setting.

Trauma can take many forms, ex.  physical, emotional, sexual.  It can also be the result of nature (hurricane, tornado, etc.) or manmade (terrorism, nuclear, etc.).  Whatever the situation, the results can be devastating to students as well as staff.  Information and planning are critical to contributing to the most positive responses and outcomes of such events.

Userful Resources

 

Helpful Links

American Red Cross Disaster Services: Educator Information 
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 
Traumatic Stress Disorders Resources 
The Road to Disaster Recovery 
 

The effect of a disaster or traumatic event goes far beyond its immediate devastation. Just as it takes time to reconstruct damaged buildings, it takes time to grieve and rebuild our lives. Life may not return to normal for months, or even years, following a disaster or traumatic event. There may be changes in living conditions that cause changes in day-to-day activities, leading to strains in relationships, changes in expectations, and shifts in responsibilities. These disruptions in relationships, roles, and routines can make life unfamiliar or unpredictable.
SAMHSA      

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