Schools are the ideal place to support kids with trauma. Districts can help by incorporating trauma-informed practices into their multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). By building healthy relationships and creating nurturing environments, educators create space for young brains heal.
Paraprofessionals are essential to effective special education teams. By preparing them, appreciating them, and supporting them, schools become more successful and kids thrive.
Most people think of trauma as something acute, obvious, and rare. Perhaps it’s a single terrifying event, or maybe a prolonged period of abuse, that sticks with a person forever. Unfortunately, the true nature of trauma is more complex and prevalent.
With so much competition for a slice of district budgets, how do schools meet ALL needs? Well, the short answer is that they probably can’t, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. And while there may be shortages in staff, there is no shortage of dedicated professionals giving their all to help kids.
While retention might be necessary in some instances, there are other alternatives for students who would not benefit from the practice.
Never overestimate the power of a plan and structure for all kids.