Describes the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on elementary school students.
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. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children. In addition to the NCTSN resources highlighted below, School Personnel can learn more about creating trauma-informed schools in the Trauma-Informed Care section of this website.
Describes the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on middle school students.
Describes the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on high school students.
Describes the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on preschool children.
Offers suggestions for educators about what can be done at a school to help a traumatized child. This tip sheet, a part of Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil, describes very practical ways to help children who have experienced trauma while at school.
Provides educators with information about traumatic grief in military children.
Provides information for teachers and school personnel about children and teens who have had a loved one die in an earthquake.
Describes the cultural and family differences in children’s sexual education and knowledge.
Offers parents information about child traumatic stress (CTS), the best way to treat CTS, what parents can do at home for their children, and how parents can make sure their children receive support at school.
Offers suggestions to educators about what can be done at a school to help a traumatized child. This tip sheet describes very practical ways school staff can help children who have experienced trauma.
Offers teachers guidance on helping students after a hurricane. This fact sheet describes common reactions students may have, how teachers and school staff can help them, as well as self-care for school personnel.
Includes a segment from the play Children of War and a documentary about the scope and impact of refugee trauma and its consequences for youth in schools.