Trauma-Informed

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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  

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…

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24 Oct: Halloween on a Wednesday?! More Self-Care and Self-Regulation Strategies to Help!

by Dr. Rick Robinson We recently shared information regarding a vital self-regulation and self-care strategy– intentional breathing. Well-developed intentional breathing skills are foundational tools in an educator’s toolbox. Rounding out the skills in our toolbox can help us manage times during the school year where stressors are on an upswing; doing a lot of little things well can turn into a big thing. A time to practice new tools for our toolbox will present itself shortly. This school year, the calendar has provided us with that unenviable situation where Halloween falls on… a Wednesday. The fun and excitement of the holiday are accompanied by disrupted schedules and routines, sleep patterns, diet and so on-for students, their families and for educators….

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09 Oct: The Importance of Breathing

The Importance of Breathing By Dr. Rick Robinson I have had the chance to visit a number of schools that are implementing Trauma Informed Practices during the month of September and have often found myself in conversations with educators about ways to maintain feelings of calm and the regulated states that they experienced at the start of the school year. To that end, I would like to talk a bit about an effective, efficient and affordable tool we each have at our immediate disposal – our breathing. A critical element of Trauma Informed Practices involves adults developing day-to-day regulation skills, as well as self-care and wellness skills for the near and long term. Science tells us that only a well-regulated adult…