Increase Learning

Research has shown that in addition to trauma, another common classroom disrupter and hindering factor in the learning process is boredom. According to Professor Jackie Andrade of the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, “If someone is doing a boring task, they may start to daydream. Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer…

Support can Change the Brain

This short video talks about how both early childhood trauma and early childhood support changes the brain. It also explains how one secure attachment with a daycare provider, preschool teacher, or other adult in a child’s life, even if there are no secure attachments in the home, can give a child a seed for resiliency.…

Abuse Can Damage the Brain

Research has shown that childhood abuse can damage the brain and reduce it up to 10 percent in size. This in turn can then create functional abnormalities of one’s mood and thinking process. Western science used to believe that by young adulthood the brain had lost its capacity for radical change, which meant that brain damage…

Postcards

“Once developing inside our mother, we are receiving postcards from the outside world. These postcards tell us if this world is dangerous or safe… Knowing nothing else, we learn from those messages.”Epidemiologist David Barker (1938-2013) Before we’re born, we’ve begun forming patterns and responses to the outside world via chemical signals from inside the sensory…

You Never Know

“… It is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens is good or bad— because you never know what will be the consequences of the misfortune. Or of good fortune.” Alan Watts In this two-minute story, British-American philosopher and theologian, Alan Watts (1915-1973), illustrated how—while ideas of good and bad come and go—nature’s ever-changing conditions…