MTSD Equity Practices: Trauma Informed Schools
Why Trauma Informed Practices?
It is important that we understand that a child comes to us with their own set of personal experiences. ACES - Adverse Childhood Experiences, have been determined to have lasting affects on children beyond childhood.
For that reason, trauma informed practices are designed to help schools bridge the relationship between academics and mental health by promoting the physical, social and emotional safety for every child.
The extent to which stressful events have lasting adverse effects is determined in part by the individual’s biological response (mediated by both genetic predispositions and the availability of supportive relationships that help moderate the stress response), and in part by the duration, intensity, timing, and context of the stressful experience. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/