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Environmental Trauma

Environmental Trauma
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Author(s): Nicole A. Cobb (Vanderbilt University, USA) and Deborah Osborne (Metro-Nashville Public Schools, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 22
Source title: Multifaceted Strategies for Social-Emotional Learning and Whole Learner Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carissa McCray (The Harley-Jackson Foundation, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4906-3.ch009

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Abstract

The increase in prevalence of students impacted by environmental trauma is evident in classrooms all across the country. Nearly half of all U.S. children have been exposed to at least one traumatic event and more than 1 in 5 have been exposed to several. This environment often causes students to have extensive learning, social, and behavioral challenges. They fall behind academically, fail to develop healthy relationships with peers, or create problems with teachers and principals because they are unable to trust adults. In addition, these students often find solace in food, alcohol, drugs, sex, and other high-risk behaviors. Specifically, this chapter will help school professionals 1) define and explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain's ability to learn, 2) become aware of the prevalence of trauma exposure in today's classrooms, 3) describe how to implement trauma sensitive best practices in schools and classrooms, and 4) incorporate educator self-care and wellness practices within a trauma sensitive environment.

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