Our Top 3 Favorite Resources for Trauma Informed Education

Trauma Informed Practices for Children and Adolescents by William Steele and Cindy Malchiodi

Practical and Creative, Trauma Informed Practices for Children and Adolescents gives human service providers effective, easy and accessible ways to include self-regulation, co-regulation and resilience skill development into their professional practices.  Whether it's an arts-based sensory activity, or body-based activity focusing on mindful movement and body awareness, or even self-calming, this book has an idea for anyone working with children who have experienced trauma.  

You can purchase this book here.


Teach, Breathe, Learn by Meena Srinivasan

“The frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.” 

As a teacher herself, the author, has created a practical tool for any teacher or parent to begin using mindfulness skills in the classroom or at home.  The books offers lesson plan ideas for offering mindfulness practices in the classroom, tools for grounding the teacher and students, as well as useful mindfulness resources (by such authors as Thich Naht Hahn) to keep in any classroom.  Overall, Meena Srinivasan has created an extremely user friendly book for any and all to begin embedding mindfulness practices in their daily professional practice with children. 

You can purchase the book here.


Trauma Sensitive Schools


Trauma Sensitive Schools is one of the best websites offering free publications for both teachers and administration on creating a trauma sensitive classroom and administrative climate in schools.  Additionally, the website offers free resources on how trauma impacts learning and includes a learning community that offers a blog and message board for educators and administrators to connect and brainstorm on cultivating a trauma informed community.  

Julie Johnson