Trauma and Challenges to Learning
Trauma can be a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Children can experience traumatic stress prior to birth, throughout their development, and well into adulthood. This may include neglect, abandonment, substance abuse, verbal abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and community violence. Children and adolescents can have extreme reactions to trauma, but their symptoms may not be the same as adults. We will discuss these reactions, their behavioral effects, and how these can challenge the learning process.