Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators / Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil

Research suggests that approximately 25% of American children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. A child's reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and/or behavior at school. However, schools also serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma.

Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the impact of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom setting, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.

 
Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (2008)

The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators was developed to provide school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. Additional multimedia resources on this toolkit are available in the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma. Learning Center

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (PDF) (Complete toolkit)
      >En Español [Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil] (PDF)

The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators is composed of the following components: 

  • Trauma Facts for Educators (PDF)     
       >En Español [Datos Sobre el Trauma] (PDF)
    This one-page fact sheet is designed to help educators learn more about the impact of trauma on children's behavior and performance in a school or classroom setting. It also provides specific recommendations for teachers to help mitigate the impact of trauma on children in the classroom.

 

Students and Trauma DVD  (available in English and Spanish)
The Students and Trauma DVD, developed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools (LAUSD TSA), highlights some of the psychological, social, and academic problems that may impact a student exposed to community violence or a traumatic event. Students talk about their real life experience and struggles with a range of traumatic experiences including community violence, suicide of a family member, and natural disasters.

 

Download the order form for the Spanish version, Nuestros Hijos y el Trauma: Lo Que Necesitamos Saber, here.

 

 
 
 
Acknowledgements:

The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators was developed by the Schools Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.