Teachers ‘need more training on childhood trauma’

Traumatic experiences early in life can have a ‘huge impact’ on learning and mental health, children’s charity says

A children’s charity has called for teachers to receive more training in how to support children who have experienced trauma.

A survey by Barnardo’s Scotland showed that many school staff have not been trained on the impact of early trauma and “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs).

The charity says that the impact of early trauma and adversity on a child can be “severe and enduring”, whether this is parental divorce or imprisonment, substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, bereavement or loss. These early experiences can have “a huge impact on a child’s development, their ability to learn and their mental health and wellbeing”, the charity warns.

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Should emotions be taught in schools?

Our unresolved, unacknowledged feelings can lead us into anxiety, arguments and worse. Some educators believe it’s time to give our kids emotional instruction along with their ABCs.

Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose and navigate your way through them? For many adults, the answer is: No one. You hacked your way through those confusing thickets on your own. Although navigating our inner landscape was not something that was taught to us in school, it should be, contend a number of researchers. They believe emotional skills should rank as high in importance in children’s educations as math, reading, history and science.

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Stress Isn’t The Reason Your Marriage Is Unhappy (But How You Handle It May Be)

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When it feels like life’s stresses put a strain on your relationship, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You think, «Once we are through this, everything can go back to normal and we can be happy again.»

And it may be true that life would feel easier with some stressors out of the way like:

  • When an ailing parent is healthy again and no longer requires your daily care.
  • When the job search is over and the dream job comes through, relieving financial concerns.
  • When your child who has struggled with learning differences finally enters a school designed for their specific needs so that you do not need to be their entire support system.

When these types of situations require your attention, it can put a strain on the healthiest of relationships. But often life’s stresses just serve as a magnifying glass for relationship issues that were less visible—and easier to gloss over—in better times.

How Smart People Handle Toxic People

04/22/2017 12:30 pm ET | Updated 5 days ago

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negativity they spread, while others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos. Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you who to avoid and how to keep your distance.

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

Stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons. Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

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Emotional Intelligence or Math and Science: Which Is Essential to Innovation?


As someone with a true commitment to education in this country, I often ask myself if innovation can be nurtured or taught. It’s a question that’s not easily answered; but it’s well worth asking, because we have legions of bright, curious and creative children who, with the right guidance, could contribute ideas and inventions that would enrich the quality of life in our nation for generations to come.

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