Helping Teachers Understand and Mitigate Trauma in Their Classrooms

Lynn S. Burdick, Catherine Corr

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Nine-year old Eliza is a student at Meadows Elementary School where she receives special education services for her diagnosis of Emotional Disturbance. Her teachers are working together to try to bring Eliza back into the classroom after weeks of time spent in the office with no contact with her peers. Mr. Jimenez and Ms. Landon are collaborating to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their classrooms in an attempt to address the absence of secure attachments and feelings of safety in Eliza’s life, as well as her inability to control her emotional responses. Creating a trauma-informed classroom benefits everyone but especially students with disabilities who have experienced trauma. In this paper we discuss the need for trauma-informed practices and strategies for making classroom environments more trauma-informed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTeaching Exceptional Children
StateE-pub ahead of print - Dec 4 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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