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Temple, TX: Teachers are taught trauma from home makes kids unable to regulate emotions

Aug 5, 2018, Temple (TX) Daily Telegram: Teachers learn trust-based relational intervention Temple teachers gathered last week to learn how to serve as an antidote to chaos for at-risk children. Nancy Preston, the retired head of counseling for Temple Independent School District, led a training session Monday on Trust-Based Relational Intervention. Since leaving Temple ISD, Preston now works independently as a TBRI practitioner. “The amygdala gets over-developed in children with trauma … they don’t stop to think,” she said. “You have school teachers going ‘What were you thinking?’ They don’t know what they were thinking.” TBRI is a copyrighted technique for working with children who are considered vulnerable and at-risk, children who may come from traumatic backgrounds…. “What I’m talking about are those children who may have that level of (academic) brilliance, but … the chaos when they get home is too much for them to overcome,” Preston said…. Some behavioral problems, Preston said, come from problems in neurological development caused by trauma. Children raised in chaotic circumstances sometimes react to frustrations with an immediate, strongly emotional response, similar to a baby crying when hungry, tired or frightened. “The kid that comes up swinging, the kid that pushes the teacher back, the kid that runs from the room … this is a survival skill,” Preston said. Preston said that children with traumatic backgrounds can sometimes deal with stress and regulate emotions better with small interventions, such as taking a break to jump on a mini-trampoline, or doing wall push-ups in the hallway. Other sensory changes can also help, such as changing a child’s chair to a stool that rocks back and forth with them, or otherwise giving them an opportunity to fidget…. “These children misread faces; they misread voice tone,” she said. Traumatic events that could harm a child’s emotional control, Preston said, include difficult pregnancies, difficult births, early hospitalization, abuse and neglect, all events that can cause high levels of stress hormones that affect brain development either before birth or after. …

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