Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom

Author: Susan E. Craig Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 240 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557669742
Price: $29.95

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Each year hundreds of thousands of children in the United States experience trauma—such as abuse, neglect, or community violence—that creates tough obstacles to academic achievement and social success. Now there's a practical, strategy-filled book that shows educators how to reach and teach students exposed to trauma.

Through clear and readable explanations of current research and enlightening vignettes, educators will understand how violence and other forms of trauma affect the key elements of a child's school and social success, including behavior, attention, memory, and language. Then they'll find dozens of simple, creative ideas—easy to use in any classroom, on any budget—that show them how to

  • adapt instruction to address the learning characteristics of children exposed to trauma
  • help students develop the most important skills they need to succeed in school
  • use positive behavior supports so children can stay calm and focused on learning
  • build meaningful, appropriate, and supportive teacher-student relationships
  • encourage positive peer relationships through cooperative games, group projects, and buddy systems
  • provide predictable routines that instill a sense of safety and control
  • avoid burnout and reduce the effects of "compassion fatigue"
  • integrate a trauma-sensitive perspective across an entire school

Throughout the book, realistic sample scenarios demonstrate how teachers can make the strategies work in their classroom, and challenging What Would You Do? quizzes sharpen educators' instincts so they can respond skillfully in difficult situations. With this timely, much-needed guidebook, education professionals will create supportive classrooms and schools that meet the complex learning needs of children who hurt—and help the most vulnerable students build resilience and hope.


Review: CHOICE
"Bridges the gap between recent empirical research and educational practice."
Review by: Betsy McAlister Groves, Director, Child Witness to Violence Project, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine
"Adeptly translate[s] theory and research about the impact of trauma on children into practical strategies for use in educational settings . . . an invaluable resource for teachers and school administrators."
Review by: Allen C. Crocker, Senior Associate in Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston
"A gentle manual on assisting the child who is calling out to us . . . thoughtfully documents the inhibiting effects that result from exposure to violence and identifies the vital role of a teacher in building support and reconnection."
Review by: Rachel E. Jenney, Inclusive School Works, co-author, Teachers' Guides to Inclusive Practices series
"The field has long needed this book. It will be an invaluable resource to educators committed to making a difference in the lives of children who hurt."
Review by: Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D., University of Virginia
"Both realistic and hopeful. There are few books of this quality on this topic for educators!"
Review by: Lesley Koplow, Director, Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street; author, "Creating Schools That Heal", "Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal," and "Bears, Bears, Everywhere: Supporting Children's Emotional Health in the Classroom"
"A welcome contribution to the field . . . guides teachers to think about and respond to behavior in ways that allow the child to feel calmer, more focused and more connected to adults."
Review by: Barbara A. Carson, Professor, Department of Sociology and Corrections, Minnesota State University, Mankato
"Anyone who works with children who have lived with domestic violence or children who live in violent communities will receive excellent suggestions for how to promote their healing. You'll be glad you read this book."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword: Susan F. Cole
  1. Family Violence: A Problem of Epidemic Proportions
  2. Exposure to Violence Changes How Children Learn
  3. How Family Violence Influences Children's Language and Memory
  4. The Impact of Family Violence on Relationships
  5. Creating Opportunities for Self-Regulation
  6. Supporting the Acquisition of Reading and Writing Skills
  7. Managing the Emotional Demands of Teaching
  8. Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Resources: Suggested Books for Students

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