Foreword by: Mary Benson McMullen
Publication Date: April 28, 2023
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Learn how to navigate the challenging terrain of connecting with a child who is deeply afraid, angry, and/or sad. Framing this work as emotionally responsive teaching (ERT), this book expands current conceptualizations of trauma-informed practice to encompass more broadly the relational demands of supporting young children with challenging life circumstances. The author accomplishes this by (1) arguing that predominant discussions of trauma fail to consider the ways that traumatic responses may facilitate both risk and resilience in children’s lives, (2) describing the impact of traumatic experiences and exposure to chronic stress on children’s development, (3) articulating a framework for ERT, and (4) providing readers with applied strategies for practicing ERT in their classrooms. Throughout, readers are encouraged to transform the systems of oppression that are being manifested through children’s struggles in the classroom.
Travis Wright is an associate professor of education and counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.