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Michigan: More trauma-informed schools; "yoga, chill rooms, therapy dogs" for resources

Oct 19, 2018, Detroit (MI) Hometown Life: Canine comfort: Therapy dogs help students cope with trauma …Members of Go Team Michigan Therapy Dogs, the three canines are visiting locations in Wayne, Oakland and Livingston counties, including Cambridge High School in Garden City, where they mingle among students in their classrooms and even take to the basketball court at lunchtime. The dogs visit the high school three days a week. The idea of therapy dogs fits in well with Cambridge High School’s focus on being a trauma-informed school in which the staff has prepared to recognize and respond to students who have been impacted by traumatic stress. “In delving more into trauma-informed schools, I found that yoga, chill rooms and therapy dogs were resources that can be used with students when they have high anxiety, PTSD and/or living with trauma everyday,” Eves said. “It’s hard for students to concentrate on academics when they face these issues daily. “The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations, but to create an underlying culture of respect and support,” Eves added….

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