March 2022 TIC Newsletter
Scioto County Trauma Informed Care Newsletter
Amy Hamm, MSW, LSW
Trauma Informed Care Consultant, Shawnee Family Health Center
7 Key Principles Teachers can do to Address Students with Trauma
Nearly a third of teenagers had experienced trauma before the pandemic. The pandemic has increased mental health strain on our children from isolation, to losing loved ones, and decrease in support and routine.
Here are 7 key principles teachers can do to address students with trauma.
1. Recognize your own feelings first. It’s easier to understand others when we create an ability to recognize our own feelings. What do you need to fill
2. Create a sense of stability with flexibility in the
3. Listen and validate honestly. Trauma informed care
is based on resiliency, trust and transparency.
Sometimes they just want to be heard.
4. Encourage students to ask for help. Students may be
struggling and feeling hopeless and helpless and
may need an extra nudge to find support. Use other
resources to help where you can’t (counseling, law
5. Set appropriate expectations. Have a clear understanding of each students barriers and ability before
setting expectations. Where can the child excel?
Remember children with trauma want to be good at
6. Remind them they are not alone. Research has
shown that individuals who have shared adverse
experiences, are more resilient and has an increased
ability to cope.
7. Use a personalized approach. All students learn differently and at various pace. Students may need
extra social-emotional support or counseling to increase their ability to learn.
7 Key Principles Teachers can do to Address
Students with Trauma
“Trauma isn’t just the bad stuff that happened. It’s also the good stuff that never happened.”
– Dr. Heidi Green
Trauma-Informed Educators: Julie’s Reading List
1. Reaching & Teaching Children Who Hurt by Dr.
2. Teachers’ Guide to Trauma by Melissa Sadin &
3. Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools by Jen Alexander.
4. Lost at School by Dr. Ross Greene
5. The Trauma Informed School by Jim Sporleder &
Teaching students to think positive thoughts
Teaching students to think positive thoughts about themselves helps them to have a good sense of self worth and feel safe in the world.
1. Help teach them about thoughts.
2. Be an example for them.
3. Be encouraging and positive.
4. Help them understand their emotions.
5. Give them freedom (what to wear, what they eat, etc.)
6. Talk about positive and negative things that happened.
7. Expose them to good literature and media.
This exercise releases muscle tension.
Pretend you are a feather floating through the air for
about ten seconds.
• Suddenly you freeze and transform into a statue.
• Then slowly relax as you transform back into the
floating feather again.
Repeat, making sure to finish as a floaty feather in a
5 Mindfulness Apps and Websites for K-12 Students and Teachers
Dreamy Kid– Ages 3 to 17. Mindfulness and meditation tools. Access through web browser or mobile
application. Unique aspect, diverse categories that range from supporting ADD, ADHD, and anxiety,
healing activities and guided journeys for teens.
Calm—This app offers online mindfulness resources focused on stress management, resilience, and selfcare.
A unique feature of the Calm app is the 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom. There is also a Self-Care Guide for Teachers.
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame– This app is geared towards younger learners and designed to help children de-stress. Activities are offered in both English and Spanish.
Headspace– This app offers a series of sleep, meditation and mindfulness resources and activities. Headspace offers free access for K-12 teachers and
supporting staff members. Resources for how to care for yourself as a teacher, as well as mindfulness
tools for your students.
Smiling Mind– A nonprofit based in Australia that offers a mindfulness app developed by educators and psychologist. The app has strategies that support
students social and emotional well-being.
“Being trauma-informed is not what we do, but who we are.”
– Jim Sporleder
Trauma Informed Care initiative in Scioto County is being provided by a partnership between Shawnee Family Health Center and ADAMHS Board of Adams, Lawrence & Scioto Counties. ext.