This topic offers a trauma-sensitive approach to support early years, primary, secondary and special education teachers to create positive learning environments to enhance the wellbeing of students with trauma backgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and experience a range of strengths based, solution focused and supportive environmental strategies and activities such as, empathic listening, movement, narrative, therapeutic story writing and telling, sand tray and other sensory, expressive, artistic and movement activities to reduce stress, build resilience and address obstacles to learning, engagement and participation for this group of students. Students will be provided with case study examples to demonstrate how these activities can be supported through creating area of sanctuary, from rooms, to classroom corners in early years, primary, secondary and special education settings.
This topic aims to assist preservice teachers to increase their knowledge of trauma sensitive and inclusive pedagogies suitable for vulnerable students. It aims to provide evidence-based guidance from the field about practical ways teachers:
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