Trauma-informed Campus

Decades of research and studies have established that children who experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) not only are more likely to exhibit negative behaviors at school, but are more likely to develop risky behaviors. They are more likely to face a host of negative health consequences over their lifetimes, including reduced life expectancy. Data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) showed that 46 percent of America’s children had experienced at least one adverse childhood experience with the number rising to 55 percent for children aged 12 to 17. One in five U.S. children had two or more ACEs.

Given the pervasiveness of ACEs across the population, most educators encounter trauma-affected students throughout their careers, whether they know it or not. Often these students exhibit a sudden change in behavior, from social withdrawal to violent outbursts or self-harm. When an educator frequently interrupts instruction to address disruptive behavior, teaching and learning for the entire class can suffer. 

These outbursts and the punishments that often follow affect the psychological well-being and safety of both educators and students.  Redding Achieve embraces this fact and works to build a supportive welcoming environment that builds trust and inclusion for all.  We work with our children to help them learn to cope with the negative outcomes of their lives and learn to use more socially acceptable ways to express their emotions.

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