Our students continue to face unprecedented challenges. Many of the struggles that our students have faced over the past few years have not disappeared.
As an educator, you are faced today with an exceptional challenge. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, close to 40 percent of US students have been impacted by a traumatic stressor during their lives. Recently, pandemic-related anxiety, loss, grief, and depression have affected all students in ways that are only beginning to come to light. Whether kids are facing trauma because of child abuse or loss of a family member or everyday anxiety, they need even more support now!
No doubt you’ve noticed that when students are experiencing trauma, they can become easily distracted or take longer to complete tasks. They may be more irritable or jumpy. And they’re more likely to fall behind in class or get in trouble for behavior issues.
The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress can be a valuable resource for you and your students and their families. And unlike many other mental health providers, we have expanded our services in the Howard County area and can provide evaluations and treatment for those children struggling. For more than 35 years, our Center has been helping families in our community to address issues such as:
- Grief and loss
- Acting out
- Emotional challenges
- Family stress
- Witnessing violence