Teacher & Child Connection

Connection Matters…

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing with plastic blocks while at school.

When a child has trouble learning, getting along with other students, difficulty staying focused on what’s happening in the classroom or acts out—she is sending an SOS.  That “call for help” tells us that something isn’t quite right.  This is an opportunity.  We can shift our perspective on those behaviors and respond compassionately to that child as we create an emotionally safe space for him to learn, heal and grow.

Teachers who can identify and respond to a child who has been impacted by trauma are key to setting an emotionally safe and warm classroom climate and learning zone.

Trauma informed and responsive teachers, coaches and school staff:

  • See, understand, and respond to the trauma in a child’s life.
  • Provide physical, psychological, and emotional safety for children and their families.
  • Create opportunities for their students and their parents to regain hope and empowerment in their story.


Be the healing in a child’s story.

What can teachers, caregivers, and other adults do to help a child build resilience?

  • Offer supportive relationships
  • Create a safe space
  • Model adaptive skill-building
  • Provide positive experiences
  • Maintain routine–structure is security
  • Offer alternatives to isolation
  • Draw on faith-based, cultural, and community values



(See more on Building Resilience.)

One caring and committed adult in

the life of a child can change

the course of an entire life.


Be the healing in a child’s story.

Volunteer teacher reading to a class of preschool kids