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16 Jan: Making Regulation Activities Effective

Making Regulation Activities Effective By Dr. Rick Robinson Happy New Year to all! We hope that the holiday break provided each of you with time for connections with friends and family as well as rest, relaxation and renewal. Now that we are all back in the classroom and have had a chance to re-connect with students, and review and practice routines and procedures, it is a great time to make sure regulation activities that work well are in place. In recent blogs we talked about several important strategies you can use at school to help you metabolize stress and regulate yourself. Maintaining a regulated state will inturn help you provide students with regulation opportunities that have the best chance of…

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09 Jan: How do you know if someone has ACEs?

by Dr. Will Henson The short answer is, you don’t. And you may not. But the fact is that 45% of kids entering school today have enough early adverse experiences to impact their thinking, feeling and behavior. The good thing is that trauma-informed interventions work with everyone, even kids with no ACEs whatsoever. Trauma-informed practices are about helping people feel safe and supported. While this is important for everyone it’s especially important when working with children who have early adverse experiences. Trauma-informed practices are supportive and designed to make people stronger by building resilience, creating relationships and providing structure, predictability and a path to success. Trauma-informed practices also seek to avoid cycles of discipline and negative adult interactions that only…

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04 Dec: The “3Cs” – Challenges, Changes, and Conflicts

By Dr. Rick Robinson As we approach the holiday season we may begin to see students, particularly those with histories of significant adversity and/or active stressors, having difficulty managing what I call the “3C’s” -Challenges, Changes, and Conflicts. The holidays can be challenging for all of us. On the one hand it is a time that can be filled with gratitude, giving, sharing, belonging, and excitement. On the other hand our routines may be disrupted, we may sleep less and eat more, have stressful and fatiguing travels, increased anxiety, uncomfortable interpersonal interactions, as well as disappointments. Some of our students may experience less of the upside and more of the downside over the next 6 weeks or so. From now…

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03 Dec: 321insight interview at AESA!

321insight’s president Alia Jackson was interviewed at the recent AESA Annual Conference by the EduTechGuys. Listen to this 10 minute podcast to hear her thoughts on the importance of providing relevant and easy information and tools to all staff in a school. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/alia-jackson-321insight-aesa-2018/id1339642733?i=1000425034022&mt=2  

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26 Nov: The Importance of Giving Students Opportunities to Practice Skills

By Dr. Skip Greenwood I ended the last blog talking about the need to make a skill “familiar”. By doing so, we increase the chance that a student will be able to access a skill they have been taught when they really need it. Of course this brings up the question; “How do we make a skill familiar?” One key way to help make a skill more familiar is to put a focus on the student practicing or rehearsing the skill you teach them throughout the school day. It takes a small bit of planning but it is so powerful to embed opportunities for students to use newly learned skills during classroom time, recess and specials. When you want students…

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13 Nov: Teaching Emotional Management Skills

by Dr. Skip Greenwood A number of teachers we talk with express frustration that their students do not use the emotional management skills they have been taught once the student becomes escalated or is in crisis. This frustration leads them to question whether teaching emotional management skills to students makes sense. The answer is an unequivocal YES but the process of teaching skills always has to be thoughtful and is not as simple as just providing instruction. This is particularly true when we are teaching emotional regulation skills such as relaxation techniques that we want students to use during escalation or crisis. Whenever we think about teaching skills we have to keep in mind there is a difference between learning…

06 Nov: Questions (and answers!) from the Trauma Informed Schools: Awareness to Action webinar

Questions and Answers from Trauma-Informed Practices: From Awareness to Action Education Week Webinar with Dr. Will Henson. Thanks again to everyone who attended the Education Week webinar on Thursday, November 1st. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded version here! We had so many good questions come in and I wanted to take some time to answer as many of them as I can. If you don’t see your exact question here I may have combined a few similar questions. I was very encouraged by the number of people that signed up. National interest in this topic is enormous right now and many districts are wanting to move from awareness to building trauma informed practices in their schools. I’ve…