Dealing with Abuse: Helping the Voiceless

Removed. Displaced. Torn away. So many synonyms but none come close to the reality of an abused child ripped out of their home.

A while back  I was sitting in a class about how trauma affects learning when we watched this heartbreaking video. Like most of the teachers in the class, I started to cry wishing to take away this little girl’s pain. Watch with tissues.

Afterwards, I decided to try and understand just what these kids live with every day. I wanted to find  more ways to help these children learn, make them resilient, and stop the cycle. These are just a few.

  1. Treat each student with respect.
  2. Use a calm voice in the class. A whisper is  more powerful than a screech.
  3. Maintain routines. Predictability helps abused children to be open to learning.
  4. Understand that lack of focus has many causes. Find creative, non-threatening ways to keep your class on task.
  5. Teach children assertive vocabulary and the difference between win-win and win-lose situations.
  6. Love your students unconditionally. You may be the only person who ever has.
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1 Comment

  1. I’ve known a few people that have been in the foster care system, and keeping siblings together is the most important thing we can do for these kids and yet it’s almost never done. Thanks for sharing this short and the tips for teachers.

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