Sept 12, 2018, NewportRI.com: R.I. teachers get a lesson in trauma’s toll on students http://www.newportri.com/news/20180912/ri-teachers-get-lesson-in-traumas-toll-on-students PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Children who have experienced toxic stress have brains that operate like a puzzle with missing pieces. They can’t regulate their emotions. They are prone to impulsive behavior, aggression, defiance and a lack of motivation. They can appear out of control or shut down…. Everyone experiences stress — that rush of adrenaline — when a truck is bearing down on them. Children who live with trauma feel as if a truck is bearing down on them every moment of every day, Quadros said. Students who experience three or more adverse childhood experiences, such as chronic abuse or neglect, abandonment or domestic violence, are more likely to miss school, perform poorly in class and drop out of school….