Understanding the prevalence of students who have had adverse childhood experiences can be a way to support creating trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments for all children in Berlin Public Schools. The Trauma Learning Policy Institute (TLPI) in Massachusetts is an excellent resource where you can learn more about the role trauma plays in students inability to learn academically, socially, and emotionally.
In the Trauma-based and Social Emotional Learning work we’ve been doing in our schools, we have seen that a turning point for many has been understanding just how common traumatic experiences are in the lives of children. Developing an understanding of the prevalence of trauma is one key step in developing a new lens- The Trauma Lens- through which students can be seen, heard and understood.
This seven minute video features TLPI’s training director, Joel M. Ristuccia, Ed.M. speaking about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and the extraordinary numbers of adults who reported abuse and/or challenging family experiences during childhood. The video focuses on examining the statistics of exposure to ACES and explores the correlation of ACES to social, emotional and cognitive impairments. We share this video as a resource to help our community develop the understanding that trauma impacts large numbers of students and to dispel the impression that only a few are impacted.
To view the video please click on the image above, or click on the link.
Below we share a few discussion questions that may be helpful to use after viewing the video.
- What is your response to the prevalence data contained in the ACE study?
- Do we think our numbers are similar, higher, lower?
- What does this mean for our students and our school?
We hope you find this resource helpful and invite your feedback on the video as well as your thoughts and suggestions for other ways that you have helped staff develop an understanding of the prevalence of trauma. We welcome your comments below
Please feel free to contact the Berlin Public Schools Office of Student Wellness to provide any comments you have on the video at OSW@sau3.org.