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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom

Trauma Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom
If your child has any type of Affective Needs, this blog I just found is a great resource! Whether your child has Autism, PTSD, is adopted, or has other life events that affect the way they react to life, this blog can help.

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling. She is the founder of the Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center. Her blog is all about Parenting, Adoption, and Adoptive Parenting.

This particular post has a free article download: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Behaviors in the Classroom, which is a letter to your child’s teacher- short, simple, and steeped in science – on why behavior management systems don’t usually work for children with a history of trauma, and WHAT THE TEACHER CAN DO INSTEAD!!!!

I just sent this to our son’s teacher, his therapist’s, and the Director of Special Education. This letter could really make a difference in how your child is treated and how effective their education is. In the letter, she includes the science of why our children react the way they do, but she writes in a way that is easy to read and understand.

If you are having trouble getting the needs of your child met in their current educational placement, this is a great place to start.

Be sure to check out her blog, it has tons of wonderful information. It can be found at      https://gobbelcounseling.wordpress.com/ and her professional website can be found at gobbelcounseling.com

Here is a copy of the letter I sent to my son’s teacher, with certain names omitted for privacy. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, I just want help for my son.


Tonight while I was researching schools across the country that might be appropriate for XXXXXXX, a school that understands trauma and are termed as having a”trauma-informed approach to behaviors in the classroom,” I came across an excellent letter that a blogger wrote to teachers to help them understand how children who have experienced trauma react to their environment.

The letter is easy to read and understand even though it is scientifically based.

This blogger is more than just some random person, Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Austin, Texas specializing in adoption, trauma, and attachment counseling. She is the founder of the Central Texas Attachment & Trauma Center.

In her blog post, she encourages parents to share this letter with their child’s teacher in the hopes of better success for all concerned.

Dave and I both found it to be well-written and easy to understand. It explains XXXXXXX so well, as I am sure it does for so many other students.

Many of the studies I read tonight talked about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences. There are 10 criteria, each worth one point. Children who have experienced even one of the criteria are at great risk. XXXXXXX has experienced 7, possibly 8, of them.

This study focuses on PTSD, it doesn’t take into account his other disabilities. When we look at XXXXXXX, we see a someone who has come so very far. What that child and his brother went through with their mother was horrific. I can’t even think of some of the things without making myself crazy and we have not even shared some of those things with his therapists because he isn’t ready yet. I want the school system to see our amazing son for the incredible person he is, not the survivalist he has turned back into.

Please take some time to read this, we sincerely hope it will help you as an educator to understand the behaviors and reactions of our child. Even if XXXXXXX does not return to XXXXXXX, I feel it will help with your other students so it will not be a wasted effort.

XXXXXXX, (Director of Special Education) I copied you because I think every teacher in the district should read this, not just those dealing with Affective Needs. It would go a long way in smoothing the path for a real relationship with SummitStone, beyond just Sarah Milner. You can’t teach a child if you do not understand how their brain works. I know how dedicated you are to our Exceptional Students and I hope in the future that the school district does something, sooner than later, to remedy this situation.

We were truly blessed as having XXXXXXX as XXXXXXX champion all of these years. We just assumed that all of the Exceptional Student teachers in the district would have the same degree of knowledge and training that she has.


Lynn and Dave White

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you are having a great day!

Lynn Marie