10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know

  1. Kids who have experienced trauma aren’t trying to push your buttons.
  2. Kids who have been through trauma worry about what’s going to happen next.
  3. Even if the situation doesn’t seem that bad to you, it’s how the child feels that matters.
  4. Trauma isn’t always associated with violence.
  5. You don’t need to know exactly what caused the trauma to be able to help.
  6. Kids who experience trauma need to feel they’re good at something and can influence the world.
  7. There’s a direct connection between stress and learning.
  8. Self-regulation can be a major challenge for students suffering from trauma.
  9. It’s OK to ask kids point-blank what you can do to help them make it through the day.
  10. You can support kids with trauma even when they’re outside your classroom.