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603S01 - The Neuropsychology of Stress and Trauma: How to Develop a Trauma-Informed Assessment

‐ Jun 3, 2021 11:00am

This presentation will explore the neural underpinnings of stress, trauma, and emotional dysfunction in children and their impact on learning. Environmental deprivation, poverty, childhood abuse, witnessing violence, and pandemics can impact both cognitive and social–emotional development in children. There will be a discussion on five steps that schools can take to become more trauma-informed. Targeted assessment strategies, specific classroom accommodations, and school-based interventions will be presented. Schools can enhance emotional wellness through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment and screening techniques, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the prevalence of trauma and stress for school-aged children, as well as the various sources from which trauma can occur.
  • Explore key brain regions that are impacted when students experience stress and trauma, and the subsequent effect on academic and social skills’ development.
  • Review five essential steps toward the development of a trauma- informed school.