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About half of U.S. children suffer abuse, poverty, parental incarceration and other traumas. These kids face deep physical and mental scars that impair development, learning, and health.
How can schools support and help students dealing with trauma?
The new Salud America! “Trauma Sensitive School Action Pack” is a free guide with coaching to help school personnel talk to decision-makers, build a support team, craft a system to identify and support traumatized students, and more!
The Action Pack was created by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Salud America! Latino health program at UT Health San Antonio, with input from John Hernandez, who created a unique system to help traumatized students at East Central ISD in San Antonio.
The Action Pack helps school personnel in five key areas:
- Start the Conversation. Use Salud America! model emails and talking points to start the conversation about trauma sensitivity with school decision-makers.
- Create a Group & Vision. Use Salud America! model emails, presentations, and guides to start a trauma-sensitive task force and build your vision.
- Take Immediate Action. Trauma-Sensitive Tracking System. Use real school templates from John Hernandez, student services director at East Central ISD. Hernandez utilized the district’s own software to create a system with protocols to identify, monitor and connect students of trauma to help and resources.
- Take Long-Term Action. Comprehensive Trauma Sensitivity. Use the Salud America! guide to plan additional action that will best support students in your district.
- Raise Awareness. Use Salud America! model emails, social media posts, and presentations to share your new system.
“A trauma-sensitive school can help students gain coping skills, build resiliency, form strong relationships, develop a healthy self-image, and manage stress and emotion,” Ramirez said.
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