Students who have been exposed to unpredictable and uncontrollable danger, such as abuse or severe neglect, live much of their lives in survival mode and respond to the world as a place of danger.
Traumatic stress can negatively impact a child’s developing brain. This can result in learning, memory or social-emotional difficulties.
No two individuals experience a similar adverse event in the same way.
A major factor that influences the impact of childhood trauma is the presence or absence of supportive relationships. Positive relationships and successful involvement in school can buffer the impact of past adverse experiences.
At least one quarter of the students in any given school have experienced traumatic or adverse experiences.