No! I can’t! Papers pushed off the table. Feet and chairs are moving. Door slams shut and then the sound of the elevator door opening.
Searching for the keys to the car, I paused. What just happened? I have seen this before, but I was not pushing papers off the desk or yelling; it was one of my students in a classroom.
Frustration points are real to individuals suffering from trauma and injuries. It is beyond the scope of thinking clearly and responding to typical reactions. Understanding the “why” and the “what” behind the behaviors of who you are dealing with help with the solution.
Trauma victims have big mountains to climb, but they can do it. There is no magic timeline of when they will reach it. They need to know when they stumble; you won’t let them fall too far. Safety, security and the ability to make a few mistakes is all they need when they look up and find a strong support system in place. Oh, the places they will go!~Dr. Suess
Trauma-Sensitive Schools information and resources are available on the ASCD website. We have all experienced trauma! If you need help, please ask me, and I will do all I can for you. We are the solution.
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