how a “trauma focused” assessment can help educators get “unstuck”.
As a Special Education Parent Consultant and Advocate, one of the services I am able to provide my clients is a trauma sensitive classroom evaluation. I recently observed a classroom and made several recommendations to address the sensory needs of a client’s son. I had gone expressly to evaluate the environment and teaching styles used through a trauma sensitive lens and found myself making copious notes despite the teacher’s obvious experience and comfort in her kindergarten classroom. Her students were also comfortable, active and engaged. It was a noisy and productive space. Too noisy. I observed this particular young student displaying signs of frustration, anxiety and confusion. What his teachers had described as “impulsivity” and “inattention” appeared to me to be sensory overload and a lack of critical supports often needed to fully engage children with a history of trauma. In part, I recommended the following:
- Look directly at the student and gain…
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