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CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Michael McKnight ·
Kids in pain cannot learn!!! Often your most difficult students are young people living in environments with Toxic Levels of Stress. These environments change the brain! The next time you are involved with a student that is escalating and beginning to loss control try some of the following ideas . 1. BE A THERMOSTAT- NOT A THERMOMETER Develop with-in your head a pause button. Slow down. Everything in your body will be telling you to speed up... remember emotions are very contagious.
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Using Creative Expression to build SEL skills in Elementary-aged Kids

Heidi Durham ·
For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been spreading the healing power of creative expression to kids experiencing trauma or adversity. Our therapeutic activity books for youth, and resources for the adults who serve them transform pain into possibility for young people around the world. Now in our third decade, we’ll reach 3.5 million more kids through our innovative online learning community and through collaboration with many personal, unique partnerships. Join certified trainer Lulu...
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LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook - #1 NEW RELEASE on Amazon!

Dr. Lee-Anne Gray ·
Friends, Check out this new tool to use with youth of all ages! LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is the most comprehensive, practical and user-friendly workbook written specifically for clinicians and educators to engage and support lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning youth. *Deal with the challenges of coming out *Understand sexual identity, gender norms and fluidity *Safety plan and address negative attitudes at school and in...
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Echo Conference Spotlight: Attachment Trauma & Network Panel

Louise Godbold ·
Echo’s conference this year is jam packed with exciting workshops for teachers, parents and anyone who works with children and their families. In addition featuring to the landmark work of Ron Hertel and Mona Johnson in Washington State, we are proud to present: Attachment Trauma & Network Panel Workshop Spotlight: What Parents Wish Schools Knew About Our Traumatized Kids Are you struggling with a challenging child? Hearing the parents from Attachment Trauma Network ( ATN ) gives you a...
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Helping Traumatized Kids Return to The Classroom After a Disaster

Kenneth Bibbins ·
This post draws on experiences and lessons learned from working during the recovery phase of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La 2005. Disasters are calamitous events, traumatic and customarily outside the scope of normal human experiences and likely to involve psychological and physical injury. Disasters uniquely affect children because they are afflicted not only by the trauma of the event but also by their parents' fear and distress. When disasters strike, it disrupts the functioning of...
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Privileged Thinking in Education Course Offered for Staff at Learn4Life

Nevin Newell ·
Teachers and staff at several northern Los Angeles County Learn4Life Resource Centers recently completed a Professional Development (PD) titled “Privileged Thinking in Education”. At this PD, staff learned that privileged thinking is defined as an imbalance of power, experience, and access to resources that influence our opinions on the actions of others. They also watched an eye-opening video , which showed how much privilege some have, without even realizing it. The staff also analyzed how...
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Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Michael McKnight ·
TROUBLED KIDS ARE DISTINGUISHED BY THEIR REGRETTABLE ABILITY TO ELICIT FROM OTHERS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY NEED. (L. Tobin ) Underneath their surface behaviors your most difficult students are young people in pain. Painful emotions including negative inner states like fear, anger, sadness and shame. Painful thoughts including worry, distrust, guilt, hatred and helplessness covered up by defense mechanisms like denial, blame, and rationalizations to cover the pain. And of course, pain...
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Brandon Nelson Wait ·
Well stated and and good reminder for all of us! Something I like to practice: DRAWO2 D - All people want to be treated with Dignity R - All people want to be treated with Respect A - All people would rather be Asked than told what to do W - All people want to know Why they are being asked O - All people would rather have Options than threats 2 - All people want a 2nd chance to make things right
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Jim Sporleder ·
Dysregulated adults working with dysregulated students is not a good combination for success. Excellent regulation strategies, thank you for sharing.
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Re: CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN PAIN

Julie Beem ·
Great tools! Thanks!
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Andi Fetzner ·
I will be practicing this with some adults I know! Thank you for the practical tools and reminders on how to relate first!
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Vincent J. Felitti, MD ·
Congratulations on your impressively well-done addition to our understanding.
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Louise Godbold ·
I love this! We're going to share it with all the teachers we serve - although Teach for America may find it a bit difficult as they were singled out as those who drop in and don't stay. Would you be willing to send me a version that doesn't name them directly? Each month we work with over 200 of their teachers and they are so genuine in their desire to connect with the students they work with and so eager to have strategies, I would love to be able to share this wonderful information with...
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Michael McKnight ·
Hi Louise godbold. Hope this finds you well and thanks for the kind feedback. I too have some experience working with the young people in TFA. I admire their desire to do important work. My issue is not with them, it is with the design of what we are currently doing in some of America's most difficult places!! The students in these places need consistency of care and sustained relationships. To create this requires adults to build relationships with relationship resistant young people very...
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Louise Godbold ·
Oh, I absolutely agree - it is far from ideal. However, we do have these young people - la creme de la creme of university grads - who are investing themselves in schools where there are many heroic teachers who provide inspirational modeling but also many teachers who are burnt out, and all of them working with the challenges of students as well as the system that further complicates and burdens. Given that these young people are in schools now, given that we have an opportunity to equip...
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Michael McKnight ·
Louise Godbold... feel free to copy and past any of my posted work that may help. I would also like to suggest sharing more and more the idea of teaching as a vocation in these places rather then a short term feel good about yourself mission. I have been doing this work now for over 3 decades and what i am seeing in America's most desperate places will require much more!! These young people should really know what the research on resiliency says, what the basic idea of toxic levels of stress...
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Re: Reclaiming Disconnected Kids

Daun Kauffman ·
Please share a PSA link to help grow public awareness of the impacts of developmental trauma. There are so many of us who’ve never heard of the overpowering, life-long impacts. Click HERE for links designed to use in social media: https://lucidwitness.com/2016/...dex-to-lucidwitness/
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Kids Artwork - The Key to Communications & Goal Setting

Matt Leek ·
Crayons can do wonders. Not just to make colorful rainbows and unicorns but as a vital tool used for communication between students and between the student and their teachers and parents. Janai Mestrovich (BS/MS, Family & Child Development, Ashland, OR) incorporates kid art into her SuperKid Power curriculum. Here are several examples from the kids (pre-K and Kindergarten) reflecting goals the kids said they were thinking about or that concerned them. in the first example, a young boy...
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Can Trauma-Informed Mermaids Help Children & Families? (New Kids Book Series)

Sarah E Clark ·
Dear ACEs in Education Community, We just launched a new trauma-informed children's book series called Venus and Her Fly Trip . The series has been developed in collaboration with therapists, educators, parents and healers and is designed to promote mental/social/emotional health, body positivity and imaginative play in kids 4-10 , with the ultimate goal of preventing self-hatred. We will also be developing an elementary school curriculum to complement the story books. I would greatly value...
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