This space has been created for educators, parents, adults, and attendees of “Trauma Informed Care for Young Children” as a forum for sharing experiences and reflections as they work through these resources. On this page, we invite and encourage you to share your experiences and reflections, ideas and insights and engage with others in a safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on this topic.

While these resources are intended to offer a foundation on the subject of trauma, our list is not intended to be exhaustive and we welcome suggestions to other potential resources.

With this workshop on December 5th, 2018, along with both the provided and suggested resources on this page, we hope readers will (re)commit to becoming an ally in the pursuit of creating equitable learning environments.


Facilitated by Jen Kamel

Readings and Resources

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms
By NAEYC (2015)

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom
By The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2018)

How to Build a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where All Learners Feel Safe
By KQED (2018)

27 S’s Attachment-Focused Parenting
By Dan Hughes PhD (2014)

Brainstem Calmer Activities
By Beacon House (2015)

Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child’s Needs
By Healthy Children (2015)

Información en español
By The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2018)

Trauma Resources (available in English, Español, Français)
By Child Mind Network (2018)

Take the ACE Test
By NPR (2015)

Developmental Traumas
By Beacon House (2015)

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (K-12)
By The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2008)
The Invisible Suitcase
By The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2008)
Window Tolerance (Video)
By Beacon House (2015)
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Audible via Amazon
By Bessel Van der Kolk, MD (2014)
A Terrible Thing Happened 
By Margaret M Holmes (2000)
A book idea for your collection that may help your child understand
what he/she/they may need to express themselves and ultimately heal
Examples of Trauma-Informed Language:


  • Unacceptable behavior → Understandable behavior
  • Avoidant → In “flight” survival mode
  • Defiant → In “fight” survival mode
  • Aggressive → Scared
  • Attention seeking → Attachment Seeking
  • Withdrawn → Cautious
  • Rude → Self protective
  • Disengaged → Doesn’t feel safe

In the spirit of dialogue, and practicing the Reggio Emilia value of “learning in relationship,” we invite you to delve into deeper thinking and conversation about this event by sharing your thoughts, questions, or comments below!