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Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

Edutopia – Dr. Lori Desautels

“More than 46 percent of U.S. youths—34 million children under age 18—have had at least one ACE, and more than 20 percent have had at least two. Children and adolescents who have experienced significant ACEs have fundamental needs that have to be met before cognition comes to life. Feeling safe, secure, and felt by another person are foundational for emotional, social, and cognitive brain development. Young people who have experienced trauma feel unsafe at their core. We must begin to create for these young people a place of safety, connection, and emotional regulation. The brain is built for resilience, and resilience research indicates that one caring adult in a child’s life can buffer, reset, and repair the brain’s sensitivity to stress and adversity.”(more)

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