Trauma-Informed Care in Early Childhood Education

Many of us are currently seeking information and training on how to deal with stress overload in our own lives, and better help the children in our care.
Teachers and caregivers need a research-based action plan on how to help children manage the effects of trauma they experience at home or in their surroundings. All children benefit when teachers are trained in social emotional learning with a trauma informed lens.
 
But what exactly IS trauma-informed care, and what does a trauma-informed teacher do differently than a teacher who has not had this specialized training?
One of the key elements that distinguishes a trauma-informed classroom is the attention given to SELF REGULATION. Not only are caregivers responsible for teaching specific and age appropriate self regulation skills to children, they are also responsible for managing their OWN stress. That’s where Emotional Regulation for Caregivers workshops can help.
You’ll find 5 Wellness & Stress Management workshops listed here, all geared towards helping teachers relax, have fun and learn new regulation strategies to find better balance in their own lives. Each training includes strategies that can be adapted for young children as well, using materials that are already available in classrooms.
In addition to new workshops, I’ve committed to including trauma-informed guidelines to each and every CreativePlayLA training, no matter what the training topic. That means even if you book a math or science workshop, it will still include trauma sensitive guidelines on delivering that particular learning content.

How can we put trauma theory into action? One way is WITH ART

Classroom management is made easier when familiar activities like art are approached from a trauma sensitive point of view that meets childrens’ true emotional needs for self expression, choice, regulation, connection and personal agency. In this new Draw It Out workshop, you’ll learn how to put trauma theory into practice with crayons, markers, paints and a whole new attitude about art as a child’s first language.
We all want action driven plans to improve the way we manage our classrooms and prepare children for happy and productive lives. Every day in the classroom presents new challenges, and the steps we take to address those challenges need to be simple, effective, and based on current brain research and neuroscience findings.
 
This past year I’ve been writing a new book, “Trauma Informed Art in the Early Childhood Classroom,” for release in 2023. I’ve learned so much about trauma informed care in my research, and I’m excited to share these ideas with you and your staff.
Let’s set up a phone call to discuss your professional development training needs. Send me an email today to get started.
I promise I’ll do my part to make our collaboration meaningful, creative and fun.
Thank you for your training business!