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Jefferson, WI: Teachers learn how trauma at home affects behavior at school

Sept 8, 2017, Fort Atkinson (WI) Daily Union: District starts ‘Trauma Informed Schools’ initiative http://www.dailyunion.com/news/fort_atkinson/article_5c092f52-94a0-11e7-9b0c-5f84911c4447.html …But what if a young person lives in a traumatic environment, where he or she doesn’t get the basic supports needed to develop, and where he or she can’t rely on adults to be there for them? Is it any surprise that repeated traumatic experiences change the brain and create different pathways in terms of how youngsters respond to everyday challenges? The School District of Jefferson has embarked on a new “Trauma Informed Schools” initiative to help educators and other school staffers understand how best to draw out students who have developed defensive behaviors due to repeated trauma in their lives. ... Rifken talked about what happens to the brain and what happens to behavior when people experience traumatic stress. …