Find some great idea here in Back-to-School with EL Parents at https://www.refugeeclassroom.com/single-post/2017/07/14/Back-to-School-with-EL-Parents
It is important to recognize how the stress of trauma impacts your classroom learners. Read more in Brains in Pain Cannot Learn! at https://www.edutopia.org/blog/brains-in-pain-cannot-learn-lori-desautels?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc
Remembering that refugees already are traumatized by the events that brought them here after undergoing extreme vetting, what does the current state of politics do to refugees? Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-workers-the-emotional-impact-of-trumps-executive_us_591db8d0e4b0e8f558bb244d?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003
About the difficulties of getting the true “story” about other perspectives. Read more at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/05/526775562/when-elmo-and-big-bird-talk-to-refugees
Another topic of discussion was how to help children understand the stress their caregivers are under.
“It’s very important to explain to children how parents feel about displacement, about losing their homes, about moving to a new country,” said Rabih El Chammay, a psychiatrist and head of the National Mental Health Program of Lebanon (where there are more than 1 million Syrian refugees). “Children notice what their parents go through but they don’t understand it. They get puzzled: ‘Why is Daddy shouting at me now? I didn’t do anything wrong.’ ”
Excerpt: The United Nations helped launch a smartphone app Tuesday that allows users to “walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes” by simulating the daily struggles of a fictional Rohingya Muslim who was forced to flee her home.
Great for staff training!
Find it here: https://sacbee-relaymedia-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/sacbee.relaymedia.com/amp/news/business/article146553919.html
Be assured, research has proven that any stress and trauma have effects on the brain. Read more in How childhood stress can knock 20 years off your life at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/29/how-bad-parenting-can-knock-20-years-off-your-life