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Bowling Green, KY: '25 percent of students in our school have had some level of trauma exposure'

June 4, 2018, WBKO, Bowling Green, KY: Bowling Green Independent Schools implement mental health training for administration Bowling Green Independent Schools are training to tackle overall mental health concerns inside their schools to improve the learning environment. From preschool to high school, several students endure tragedy at some point. "25 percent of students in our school have had some level of trauma exposure," Miriam Silman, representative from the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of Kentucky, said…. "Kids behavior is there for a reason, and sometimes the things that don't make sense to us on the outside, if you can peel away at what's going on in terms of a child's feelings or thoughts, that may have been impacted by their experiences," Silman said. … "As a special educator, having a safe spot in a classroom to where students can go when they're feeling anxious or feeling stressed out, they can go and calm down," said Patty McDougal, director of special programs for BowlingGreen Independent Schools. Other techniques involve making connections and building trust with students that allow administrators to get more information about their traumatic ecperiences outside of school walls…. School administration said that several other schools in the district have signed up for the training as well.

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