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Wednesday, February 5 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Difference Between Bad Behavior and Developmental Trauma

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We often underestimate the impact of trauma on a child’s development. Unpredictable, unstructured, and emotionally or physically hurtful experiences can create heightened states of autonomic arousal, anxiety, depression, mood changes, irritability, agitation, non-reality thinking, and a general pattern of disorganized behaviors. Tokens and other non-effective behavioral strategies not only do not work, they often make it worse for these students as this is a developmental trauma issue, not a behavioral issue. A social- emotional approach is needed to help these students excel to their highest academic potential. Explanations of how to do this from a scientific brain-based perspective will be explained and demonstrated in this presentation.

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Heather T. Forbes

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute and author of numerous books on the topic of working with children impacted by trauma. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a passion for helping children in the classroom. Trauma robs children of... Read More →

Wednesday February 5, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm CST
Edina Room