Today the staff at LPS underwent the beginnings of understanding Trauma Based Education. Trauma Based Education was brought to us by Dr. Stickley from UAMS. By understanding the ACE study (see resources linked here for information about ACE study http://www.aceresponse.org/who_we_are/ACE-Study_43_pg.htm)
educators able to understand children that are exposed to or are living through some of the experiences listed as the 10 adverse childhood experiences.
Schools across America are becoming Trauma Sensitive Schools. Our desire is for LPS to become a Trauma Sensitive School. We will stay in contact with Dr. Stickley at UAMS and some of her resources to help guide and even hopefully be funded through grant opportunities if they become available. In looking at other schools that have Trauma Sensitive strategies in place, we compare our current reality to their level of implementation. We also look to where we want to be and begin setting goals for our school.
Currently, LPS has pockets of strategies in place to support students working through traumatic childhood experiences. Most classrooms have “quiet corners, ” “time out corners,” or “peace corners” where students can go and decompress when they feel agitated. They go there to practice strategies to self calm and then return to the rest of the group and their current activity. A lot of our teachers use dim lighting. Mrs. Sandy, our counselor, uses essential oil diffusers in her office (they are amazing!) Some students have check in and check out members of the staff that they check in with for extra encouragement for a great day, and check out with before they go home. This is something that our staff has identified as something we all want to begin to use with students that we are most concerned about, and with which the strategy would be most successful (based on their motivators to curb behavior and provide the most support for that child.)
There were great conversations happening already at LPS after today’s learning. So proud of our LPS staff and the direction we continue to move to improve our school environment and provide the best for our kiddos!
There are somethings we long to incorporate at LPS:
–A therapy dog
— More essential oil diffusers
— More male role models (look for a flier soon on how you or someone you know may be able to help)
Stay tuned! We can not wait to highlight what all we are implementing and our progress towards becoming a Trauma Sensitive School!