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How does trauma at home affect a child in the classroom?

One in 4 children will witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of 4. Children who experience trauma can have significant delays in their language and emotional brain development, which can make it more challenging to pay attention in class and process new information. 

Preparing schools to be “trauma informed” means making sure teachers and staff are aware of and sensitive to trauma. It also means ensuring that school is a safe, stable, and supportive environment for students and staff. We need to meet kids where they are, prevent re-injury or re-traumatization by acknowledging trauma and its triggers, avoiding stigmatizing and punishing students and increasing quality learning opportunities.

How do we address trauma in the classroom?  

Through the work of Resilient Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Reads: 

  • Offers training sessions for community agencies that serve youth to help them understand what trauma is and its effects 
  • Trains school districts and individual schools and shares effective practices to support children who have experienced trauma
  • Connects Lehigh Valley organizations to leverage expertise and resources
  • Aligns Lehigh Valley work with the state of Pennsylvania