Steps to Trauma-Proof Our Kids Right Now!
As a father of two who will be working from home with kids who will also be home, this will be a fall like I’ve certainly never experienced. Part of the benefit of my type of work is that I get to test out the current research in real time. Many of my peers have suggested putting out a training to help with the exact stress of this moment. It’s coming next month but here is a sneak peak of an upcoming resiliency training to help parents, teachers, and care givers better “trauma-proof” our kids. We are certainly in curious times and children are very much feeling the stress of those around them.
The first primary step for building up our kids’ resiliency is through sensory adoption skills. For those kids who are Zooming school, there’s a fair assumption that their connection with their bodies will be lower than ever. Any stress they feel throughout their Zoom day has the potential to get “stuck.” Stress is meant to move through us, and these options can help with that.
1. Make a sensory toolbox – We have a basket near where our kids “go to school” that they are encouraged to engage with during a class or when they need a break. This has items of different sizes, textures, and shapes. These don’t need to be anything store bought but just get creative with them. Our oldest made a homemade glitter snow-globe that helps her calm her breathing if needed.
The important piece of the sensory toolbox is it helps kids (or us) develop a better understanding of how our body deactivates stress or “activation.” That’s where step 2 comes in.
A couple last points:
- Make it fun.
- Give choices.
- Make it a family affair.
- Most of all, practice.
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