Trauma Informed Series Exercises – Week 7- Relationship Builders

by Dr. Will Henson

Relationships are a critical component of working with kids who have ACEs. Kids who have ACEs take longer to trust adults and need more repetitions of positive adult interactions to help them succeed.

So pick a kid. Any kid. You may or may not know they have ACEs. This week, you are going to have three positive interactions with that kid each day. Maybe it’s listening to them talk about something they are into. Maybe you are going to give a few more compliments, notice some more of their appropriate behavior, or just say hello. Three times a day. One week. And you have to mean it. You can’t fake a relationship!

Note that this is super-powerful if you have three or four staff, each focusing on a different student. Do it, see what happens.

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