University of St. Thomas Magazine Fall/Winter 2020

response that feels uncontrollable,” Hang said. “Children look to the cues of the adults around them to reinforce what they are physically and emotionally experiencing to reanchor themselves. Across St. Thomas, we can teach strategies for how to effectively intervene right in the moment when a child may have their trauma triggered.” Trauma won’t be healed only through positive teacher intervention, said Hang, but equipping teachers with the training to help their students

to self-regulate emotionally and physically with trauma-informed classroom responses, is a big step in the right direction because of the growing numbers of children living with trauma due to economic and social conditions beyond their control. Benefits from training Not only does trauma-informed education train teachers to help children cope at school (and know when they need to go outside the classroom for

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