Stress and Trauma Impact Children’s Learning

Stress and trauma make it difficult for a child to learn. Understanding how the brain develops can lead to a clearer idea of how to reach and teach all children.

The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) is an approach adapted from the therapeutic work of Dr. Bruce Perry. It is based on an understanding of brain development and developmental trauma, and how that knowledge can be applied to work with children. While it is particularly effective for children with adverse childhood experiences, it is a trauma-informed approach that is good for teaching all children.

In the video series Stress, Trauma and the Brain: Insights for Educators , Dr. Bruce Perry briefly explores the impact of stress and trauma on the brain, the resulting effect on learning, and helpful teaching strategies.

The Neurosequential Model

How Stress Impacts Brain Function

The Power of Connection

Regulating Yourself and Your Classroom

Educator Strategies for the Classroom

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