Trauma and Young Children
Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
The world can be a confusing, frightening place to young children. More than ever, early childhood educators need accurate information and practical guidance for helping children and families who have experienced trauma. Following a healing-centered approach to working with children ages 3–6, this book provides an understanding of
- What trauma is, what causes it, and its potential effects on the brain and learning
- Why your relationships with children and families are critical to promoting healing
- How to create trauma-informed programs and implement practices that support children and families
- How to care for your own well-being
The thread of hope woven throughout will encourage you as you help children and families find a path forward—not only to survive but also to flourish.
Trauma and Young Children clearly lays out why and, more important, how all early learning programs can benefit from incorporating a trauma-informed approach. It offers an important set of tools for early educators to meet children where they are.
—Meredith Downing, Manager of Learning, Wonderschool ~Meredith Downing
Early childhood educators are seeking to better understand the effects of trauma on the development of children and asking for concrete strategies to support them. This wonderfully written book addresses that need in a clear and compassionate way.
—Whitcomb Hayslip, Early Childhood Education Consultant and former Assistant Superintendent for ECE, Los Angeles Unified School District ~Whitcomb Hayslip
This comprehensive resource could not be more timely. Increasingly, early childhood educators must understand and know how to address the effects of traumatic experiences on young children’s well-being and ability to learn. The authors have given us the what, why, and how of trauma-informed teaching to empower us to respond in positive, constructive ways to help all children thrive.
—Diane Trister Dodge, Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist and Founder, Teaching Strategies, LLC ~Diane Trister Dodge
Trauma-informed care is now an absolutely essential component of developmentally appropriate practice for all children, teachers, and early education programs. Grounded in the science of child development, this important book provides effective strategies for supporting the healthy development of every child and teacher during the most challenging and stressful times in recent history.
—Sue Bredekamp, Early Childhood Education Consultant and Author ~Sue Bredekamp
The authors provide specific strategies to mitigate and buffer the effects of toxic stress on young children. These practical application techniques are precisely what teachers need.
—Christine Schull, Professor of Early Childhood Development, Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria ~Christine Schull
The power of Trauma and Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower comes from its strength-centered principles and the hundreds of practical activities that translate these principles into action. This book can be your go-to source on using a healing-centered approach to trauma for years to come.
—Ellen Galinsky, Author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs ~Ellen Galinsky
An invaluable resource for all who work with young children and their families, this book offers detailed guidance on how to recognize the impact of childhood trauma, work with experts to turn fearful situations into hopeful outcomes, and maintain your own health, sense of well-being, and optimism.
—E. Dollie Wolverton, Retired Chief of Education, Head Start Bureau ~E. Dollie Wolverton
Early childhood educators are not therapists, so what specifically can we do to implement trauma-informed care? Start by reading this excellent presentation of strategies that support and empower children. This book is a useful blend of the field’s foundational developmentally appropriate practice principles applied to the best of what we know about trauma-informed care.
—Valora Washington, CEO, The CAYL Institute ~Valora Washington