Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative is excited to share a new video: Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools. In this video teachers, administrators and support staff give a compelling picture of the need for trauma-sensitive schools. There are a growing number of schools throughout Massachusetts and the United States engaged in the work of creating… Read more »

Addressing Hurricane Harvey with Children & Adolescents

Resources & Talking Points: Addressing Hurricane Harvey with Children & Adolescents The destruction and flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey is hard to fathom.  During crises such as this, it can be difficult for children and adolescents, and for parents who are unsure how to support them.  For this reason, Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is… Read more »

Compounding Stress: Timing & Duration Effects of Homelessness on Children’s Health

Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that homelessness experienced during early childhood is harmful to a child’s growth and development. The stress of homelessness during early childhood can lead to potentially permanent harmful changes in brain and body function, in turn causing higher levels of stress-related chronic diseases later in life.  In addition, a growing body of evidence has established that a child’s health and development are critically dependent on his mother’s mental and physical well-being during pregnancy.

Addressing the Effects of Trauma on Children and Families in Homeless Situations: The Importance of Decision-Making

Natural disasters and other unexpected tragic circumstances place children and their families in very traumatic situations. Simply being in a homeless situation, regardless of the precipitating factors, is often very traumatic. Trauma causes children and families to feel out of control.
Their day-to-day existence becomes unpredictable and chaotic. They often feel that they are helpless to bring order and a semblance of “normalcy” into their own lives.

Tips for Helping Students Recovering From Traumatic Events

The devastation accompanying the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast has underscored the crucial role of recovery planning in schools and communities affected by natural disasters. This brochure, which is based on discussions with some three dozen experts who work with students, provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as teachers, coaches, school administrators and others who are helping those affected. Although the focus is on natural disasters, these tips may apply to other traumas students may experience.