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  • Hamilton Elementary School
  • Schenectady, NY
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Trauma sensitive rooms are created for students who have experienced a traumatic situation and are still learning to recognize emotions, process situations, and deal with emotions and situations in an age appropriate way. Research has proven that these students' brains develop differently than the average child and often can't control impulses. They take a "fight, flight, or freeze" approach instead of their brains processing the situation and creating an appropriate reaction and solution to the situation. Research shows that part of creating a trauma sensitive environment includes providing students with different outlets for their emotions. Light filters, floor lamps, and the strings of lights will reduce stimulating classroom ceiling lights that can have an adverse effect in these students. They will also create a more calming environment helping sooth children. The wobble chair will help students who need to fidget by giving them a quiet and more appropriate way to do this without distracting others. The shelving unit will organize student reading bins allowing them to retreat to a quiet place in their room with books, journals, or coloring pages (depending on what helps them relax when overwhelmed). The weighted slam ball provides students with an acceptable way to release anger and aggression. All of these items will help create a trauma sensitive classroom.

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Trauma sensitive rooms are created for students who have experienced a traumatic situation and are still learning to recognize emotions, process situations, and deal with emotions and situations in an age appropriate way. Research has proven that these students' brains develop differently than the average child and often can't control impulses. They take a "fight, flight, or freeze" approach instead of their brains processing the situation and creating an appropriate reaction and solution to the situation. Research shows that part of creating a trauma sensitive environment includes providing students with different outlets for their emotions. Light filters, floor lamps, and the strings of lights will reduce stimulating classroom ceiling lights that can have an adverse effect in these students. They will also create a more calming environment helping sooth children. The wobble chair will help students who need to fidget by giving them a quiet and more appropriate way to do this without distracting others. The shelving unit will organize student reading bins allowing them to retreat to a quiet place in their room with books, journals, or coloring pages (depending on what helps them relax when overwhelmed). The weighted slam ball provides students with an acceptable way to release anger and aggression. All of these items will help create a trauma sensitive classroom.

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