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ERIC Number: EJ855158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug-15
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Building Resilience to Trauma: Creating a Safe and Supportive Early Childhood Classroom
Berson, Ilene R.; Baggerly, Jennifer
Childhood Education, v85 n6 p375 Aug 2009
Children around the world are being exposed to traumatic events at a troubling rate. In large, nationally representative studies of children in the United States, researchers have reported that 71% of children have been exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event in the past year, and almost 70% of children have experienced multiple exposures--with an average of three different kinds of victimization reported. For millions of young children worldwide, these experiences involve large-scale traumatic events, such as war, terrorism, or disaster. Even in the face of devastating trauma, however, children have the potential to exhibit resiliency, courage, and an enduring vitality. Early childhood educators can play an important role in fostering these coping skills. In this article, the authors discuss how trauma affects young children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Then, they draw attention to the difficulties and challenges that teachers face when working with children who experienced trauma. Finally, the authors discuss specific strategies for early childhood educators to foster children's resilience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A