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Credits Teacher Guide & Worksheets How to Use The Language of Trauma and Loss Overview

Overview

Purpose

The Language of Trauma and Loss has a dual purpose:

  • To use the standards of language arts to help students who may have experienced stressful events

  • To help teachers understand how to deal with these stressful situations and to determine what their role is in working with the affected children

 

Contents

Video One is a professional development video that explains the effect of trauma and loss on brain development and the role of the teacher in developing a “safe” classroom. Dr. Bruce D. Perry, provincial medical director in Childrens Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board and senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, offers his expertise. Dr. Perry then speaks about how teachers can use this video and other information about the topic.

Video Two contains the story Bridgett Bunny’s Ordinary Day That Wasn’t and is directed at elementary school students. The story involves an unidentified sad and scary thing that happens to Bridgett. Dr. Perry then speaks about how teachers can use this video and other information about the topic.

Video Three features Erica, who has had a startling behavior change and reveals a sad experience. The students look at the language arts of the story and then Dr. Perry talks to middle school students about trauma and loss.

In Video Four, Erica has been sent to the office for being belligerent. This leads to a discussion of why these behaviors occur. Dr. Perry then speaks about how teachers can use this video and other information about the topic.

An extensive teacher guide is included in the package. Part 1 is reference material that includes information about the brain, the causes of trauma and loss and ways to create a safe school environment. Part 2 includes lesson plans for elementary, middle school and high school students.

 
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