Executive Function and Trauma-Informed Practice

  • Executive Function and Trauma-Informed Practice

    Posted by Stephanie Miranda on September 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Executive functions

    One part of brain development has received special attention. The prefrontal cortex part of the brain (behind your forehead) houses executive functions. Executive functioning:

    • Is the brain’s “Air Traffic Control System”, enabling the brain and body to deal with multiple information and distractions at one time.
    • Can be broken down into three skill area: Working Memory, Inhibitory Control and Mental Flexibility.
    • Is associated with good child outcomes, success in school, and life-long benefits.

    How can Trauma negatively Impact Executive Function?

    • If children aren’t safe in the classroom and don’t know how to tell you what you can do to make them feel safe, you are going to have problems!
    • If children aren’t in the care of Trauma-Informed caregivers, caregivers may have positive intent but may cause further challenges without a full scope of knowledge of what would be developmentally, culturally, or practically appropriate for caregivers.

    What can We do?


    • Provide Children with Clear Success Criteria in their spoken language+ classroom language
    • Provide Consistency and Resiliency
    • Be observant and responsive to meet the needs of the child first.
    Julian replied 3 days, 15 hours ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Julian

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    September 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Understand distinct trauma histories and pathways by group as well as resiliency factors strengths resources potential within each family and individual

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