Trauma is a widespread health concern that has become quite costly for schools around the world. It can affect a student’s cognitive ability – at times limiting rational thought, problem solving and other complex thinking skills often required in school – thereby limiting their academic potential. That's why training in trauma-informed practices is essential to the everyday educational setting. This course helps school staff recognize the signs of trauma and employ trauma-informed practices to assist students suffering from the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Topics covered include findings on trauma and its effect on children, negative life events that contribute to trauma in school-age children, trauma signs and symptoms and effective trauma-informed practices.
Barb Blakeslee, MEd
Barb Blakeslee has taught special education for more than 20 years with an emphasis in adult transition services for students ages 18 to 21. Her degrees in speech language pathology and special education have enabled her to engage students and their families in providing positive post-school outcomes. She is founder of My Key Consulting LLC and has developed My Transition Portfolio, a highly effective person-centered program. My Transition Portfolio is her response to mandates needed when answering some of the important questions raised when trying to bridge the gap from research to practitioner. It provides a great process in transferring person-centered information between secondary schools and adult service agencies. Her efforts both within and outside the classroom are continually focused on finding ways for students to be known, heard and celebrated for their unique contributions to their communities.