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Monday, October 22, 2018

Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma

In "7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma," Lori Desautels shares ways that she supports her K-6 students, many of whom have experienced trauma. Some of those ways:

  • Taking deep breaths.
  • Collective sound and movement (e.g. drumming a rhythm together).
  • Self-massage (e.g. a rubbing a drop of lotion into one's hands).
  • More movement (e.g. rock along one's spine)
  • Chant with fingers on vocal chords.
  • A wiggling body scan.
  • Dancing with scarves.
For more about what is known about trauma and the brain and Desautels' choices for addressing it, you can read the full article here.

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