Your Learning Network
May 2018
Trauma-Informed Care

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Trauma-Informed Care: What and Why
Childhood trauma is  common . More than two thirds of children in the United States experience a  traumatic event or circumstances —such as  abuse or neglect , death of a loved one, or  community violence —by the time they turn 16.  Young children in particular are disproportionately exposed to  traumatic events and circumstances .

Children exposed to trauma  may display  heightened aggression, impulsivity, or poor social skills. They often struggle academically and engage in risk-taking behavior.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) encompasses a variety of approaches to working with children exposed to  traumatic events or conditions Research  suggests that TIC is associated with considerable benefits for children and their families, including  reductions in children’s behavior problems and stress .

A research review by Child Trends suggests that when parents, service providers, and other caregivers use trauma-sensitive approaches:
  1. Children improve their ability to cope with trauma “triggers", their self- regulation skills, and their ability to maintain predictable routines.
  2. A shared understanding is created of the child’s unique experience with trauma.
  3. The approach to care is more consistent with the best available evidence on how to promote resilience.
  4. Adults use more effective strategies to cope with their own responses to trauma.

Excerpted with permission from
Child Trends, 2016.
Learn and network at these upcoming events!

2018 PreK- Kindergarten Conference:
Trauma- Sensitive Practice
June 18, JMU
Co-sponsored by JMU TTAC
Student-Centered Coaching
with Diane Sweeney
Sept 5 - 6
Co-hosted by
Chesterfield County Schools