"How do I separate the disability from the trauma?"
Dr. Melissa Sadin, the Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Director at the Trauma & Attachment Network sits down with Ginger Lewman today to help us see how our Special Education Programs and Services can be remodeled with trauma-informed practices. And she leaves us with TWO tasty things both parents and teachers can do right now to start that transformation.
Creating Trauma-Informed Special Education Programs
The latest in brain research shows early exposure to traumatic situations (abuse, neglect, family violence, substance abuse, etc.) greatly impacts brain development and the ability to learn. The change in brain development has been connected to language development, memory, processing speed, and emotional regulation. This research directly affects those creating programs for and delivering special education. A recent study in Washington State showed that 80%of the children eligible for special education were exposed to early childhood trauma. Participants will learn how trauma impacts the brain and how it can be linked to dyslexia, ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders, and autism. Trauma-informed IEPs will be discussed. Strategies for finding the impact of trauma in the WISC, WIATT, and Woodcock Johnson standardized tests will be shared. Finally, the answer to the often-asked question, “How do I separate the disability from the trauma?” will be answered.