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Springdale, AR: District partners with mental health provider to help students dealing with trauma

Dec 26, 2017, Arkansas Public Radio: Springdale Elmdale Elementary Sanctuary for Traumatized Students http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/springdale-elmdale-elementary-sanctuary-traumatized-students Elmdale faculty and staff have partnered with Ozark Guidance, a regional community mental health center, to learn how to assess students struggling with trauma to provide them proper help. … Coldiron says children tend to internally suffer from trauma, which manifests outwardly. “Some behaviors or responses include angry outbursts, irritability, reckless behavior, or disproportionate responses to small incidents," she says. "Other times it could be hyper-arousal, jumpiness to a door shutting in the classroom. For others it may be distractibility, loss of interest, leading to an overall decline in school performance.” Trauma, she says, crosses every racial, ethnic and socio-economic status and affects everyone at some point in life. Coldiron also shows teachers how to manage stressful classroom situations using neuroscience-based techniques. Jenifer Coldiron teaches trauma intervention skills to parents at Jones Elementary in Springdale. … Students acting out from trauma chronically disrupt classrooms, disturbing authoritative equilibrium, Coldiron says. So she instructs teachers on conscious discipline techniques to manage traumatized students with calmness. … Schools that adopt social and emotional learning classroom techniques, Coldiron says, create secure havens for children. More "trauma-informed" schools are screening children to provide culturally appropriate assessments and treatment for students and their families. …