For some children, it can take just one positive interaction in their early years to change their entire life experience.
Jake was a little boy who didn’t know much in the way of kindness. He was frightened all the time, which made him angry. When he was at kinder his behaviour was very disruptive and he would often lash out at his teachers.
Jake wasn’t a bad kid. He was a child living with violence. He was terrified of sitting with his back to open space. He wanted to be up against a wall where he could keep an eye on where everyone was and what they were doing. Jake was in a constant heightened state of alarm.
But unfortunately, his kinder teachers didn’t know how to help him.
You see, childhood educators are teachers. They’re not social workers. They aren’t trained to know how to identify and respond to children with severe social issues, who are homeless, subject to violence or showing signs of distress and trauma.
But thanks to donors like you, the Foundation has developed the Childhood Trauma Consultancy (TraCS) program. Family practitioners and trauma consultants work with childhood teachers and educators to both help them learn ways to recognise and respond to traumatised children and to provide assistance to families of children at risk.
With help from a TraCS Consultant, Jake’s teachers were able to recognise his fear. They made some changes that allowed him to relax and become comfortable enough to listen and learn. He’s now much happier and getting ready to start school.
When you support this kind of work, you really do make a difference to a child’s life.
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