Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom

"A title that teachers on my daughter's team have found very helpful is "Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom," by Susan E. Craig. It's actually one of the few books I've been able to get them to read!
This book, too, is written by an educator for teachers. The writing is straightforward, clear, respectful, and understanding of teachers' roles and challenges. While it is focused more specifically on children who have been traumatized by violence (especially domestic violence), the lessons it shares are broadly applicable. Under most topics, she includes sidebars that focus on "What you know" and What's new," which help teachers to develop a new "trauma lens" for seeing dysregulated kids' behaviors in a new trauma-informed light."
The above review is by a fellow adopted mom I met on the list serve for ATTACH. You do have to become a member to join this google group. For those looking for a book for your schools, I have not read this book but it sounds excellent!

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