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“What if?” – Using a trauma-informed lens to reframe behaviour in the classroom.

Traditional explanation of school children behavior in a very dynamic and ever-changing society can lead to high levels of stress which in turn inhibits compassion. As a result, we are much quicker to use exclusions and punishments. Reframing the behavioral issues on an on-going bases will enable us to better address underlying problems, and to get to the bottom of the problem we may need to break the complex tasks into smaller steps. By doing so, we make it easier to check the progress and for children to gain sense of accomplishment. It will also enable key adults in school to reinforce the important messages of encouragement and safety.

Key Takeaways:

  • Children may be acting out because they are afraid of being forgotten.
  • Children acting out often doesn’t mean that they have a disrespect for authority.
  • Some children have not have a positive adult in their life who was able to show them how to explore the world for themselves.

“This blog post is looking at the 4 S’s outlined in the most recent book from Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson – “The Power of Showing Up”.”

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