UT San Antonio Researchers Pilot Ways to Help Youth Deal with Trauma [expressnews.com]


By Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, January 30, 2020

Before 12-year-old Rihanna Briseño started taking classes at Good Samaritan Community Services, she was quick to dislike people and get angry. The Rhodes Middle School sixth-grader didn’t know why, but sometimes her brain told her the right thing was to beat another kid up.

“I would say those things that I’m not going to say now,” Rihanna told the Express-News this week, censoring herself.

Now, after a three-month class that a University of Texas at San Antonio researcher piloted, Rihanna instead closes her eyes and thinks of things she can hear, feel and smell. When she opens her eyes, she’s calm again.

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