Episode | #024

Trauma Training Makes Way for Learning

When we lose someone in Milwaukee to gun violence, there’s a radiating impact. Take 5 year old Laylah Petersen. She was killed inside her home. The result of a drive-by shooting. Laylah was a daughter, a granddaughter, and a friend. She attended Northwest Catholic school. Dozens of her classmates had to cope with her loss, and return to school and try to focus.

A new program recognizes how exposure to violence can affect a child’s ability to learn. WUWM’s Mitch Teich spoke with Drs. Carrie King and Tammy Scheidegger. They piloted the Trauma Sensitive School Project at Laylah’s school.

The Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACEs study was mentioned in this episode. You can learn more about ACEs here.

A teacher guides a student through breathing control exercises to temper stress using technology that visualizes heart rhythms. This is part of the Trauma Sensitive School Project piloted at Northwest Catholic school (Photo courtesy of Dr. Carrie King)

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