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Wilson, NC: Teachers learn that kids with behavior problems have been traumatized at home

May 25, 2018, Wilson (NC) Times: Staff learn about trauma and the classroom http://wilsontimes.com/stories/staff-learn-about-trauma-and-the-classroom,127401 School nurses, counselors, teachers and administrators learned Tuesday how to support children who have gone through adverse childhood experiences. The forum, held at Wilson Community College, was sponsored jointly by the Wilson Education Partnership and the Area L Area Health Education Center. “As our mental health needs increase each year, we are here to get education on how to manage those in a school setting,” said Valerie Kersey, one of six school nurses who handle 26 schools in Wilson County. It can be hard to identify instances where children have suffered adverse childhood experiences that can lead to social, emotional and cognitive impairment, adoption of health-risk behaviors, social problems and even early death. … “They are seeing it every day,” Kersey said. Chanda Atkins Lane, a school counselor at Hearne Elementary School, attended to find out more information about training to deal with children who have experienced trauma and see how that training fits in with helping the kids at Hearne…. Tammie Yates, a social worker who serves nine schools, said adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, affect behaviors in the classroom. “Whenever you see disruptive behavior, and you dig deeper, you can do the ACEs score, and you can see that they have had those adverse issues in their childhood, you can see, OK, the child is struggling here, so let’s give the child some support and identify what we need to do as far as resources to help support that kid and the family,” Yates said. …