Interviewee: Dr. Will Henson, 321 Insight
by Torri Wright | January 2nd, 2019
Traumatic events affect each of us in unique and varied ways. They can have lasting impacts on our neurological pathways, influencing how we later respond or react to our environment, resulting in increased agitation, hypersensitivity, hyper-focused/aroused, or shut-down responses. Trauma-informed practices offer a different perspective in looking at behavior.
In this episode, Torri is joined by Dr. Will Henson from 321 Insight to discuss trauma-informed practices within schools. Both have worked in this field for more than 20+ years and offer personal stories, anecdotal observations, and insights on an emerging topic they are equally passionate about. Together, they explore a wider lens into how human behavior affected by trauma shows up in the classroom and some of the “whys” behind it.
As Torri touched on in the previous episode, when we recognize behavior is a form of communication, we can reflect on what message behavior is trying to convey. Instead of seeing behavior from children as an annoying factor adults’ have to “put up with,” we challenge audiences to reflect on their own process and take notice of how certain experiences in their lives have stayed with them--influencing their reactions or responses when triggered by specific events, smells, sounds, or feelings. As adults, we develop coping skills along the way; often unaware of the deeper reason(s) why we are “behaving” a particular way.
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