WHAT IS TRAUMA-SENSITIVE TRAINING?
Trauma sensitive teaching means that we look at the child through a different lens and we see behaviours as a symptom of what this child has experienced.
We move from asking “What is wrong with this child?” to asking “What happened to this child?”
Trauma-sensitive teaching starts with compassion and suspends judgement. It is imperative in a trauma sensitive classroom that we build connections and foster an environment of safety. This helps to build trust, something children who have experienced trauma lack.
WAYS TO DO THIS:
1. Use the child’s name when greeting him/her each morning.
3. Make the classroom a safe, comfortable environment using flex seating, positive messages, and choosing activities that build relationships – games, art, listening to music or just chatting about your day/weekend.
4. Listen from the heart.
5. Understand that these children don’t mean to push your buttons – it is one of their defences.
6. Be kind and do nice things – bring in cookies, cancel English one day and watch a fun movie, bake together. These activities build those important relationships.