Trauma & Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support & Empower

February 1, 2021 - 2 minutes read

By Sarah Erdman & Laura J. Colker, with Elizabeth C Winter

The 2020 NAEYC publication of Trauma & Young Children: Teaching Strategies to Support and Empower could not be more timely for early childhood educators working with children ages 3-6. You can expect to gain a basic understanding of the following:

  • acute and complex trauma, potential causes of trauma for children, and how trauma can impact brain development and learning
  • guidelines and principles of Trauma-Informed care, with an emphasis on relationships, and a healing, strengths-based approach
  • how to partner with families
  • taking care of one’s self

There are several aspects of this book I particularly appreciate. One aspect is how the authors manage to take a complex topic and break it down into a way that is easily understandable. The principles are grounded in a strengths-based lens and acknowledge that all young children can benefit from a trauma-informed approach. And the aspect I most appreciate about this book is that the authors address the role of racism in trauma and well-being, as well as social identity factors that influence children’s experiences of trauma, including culture, disability, and gender. If you are just starting to learn about trauma and what you can do as an educator to support children who have experienced trauma, this book is an excellent beginning read. If you work in an early learning program that is working towards implementing a trauma-informed approach, this book would be an excellent read as a book study.

Reviewed By: Emily Reilly