In this video, Pamela Cantor, M.D., founder and senior science advisor at Turnaround for Children, explains how childhood trauma impacts the brain, learning, and development. Dr. Cantor shares that while traumatic experiences and prolonged stress can have harmful effects, because the brain is malleable, there are many opportunities to help children overcome adversity and thrive. The key is to provide children with the environments, relationships, and experiences that buffer stress and build healthy brains. She argues that all schools must be designed to provide the physical and emotional safety necessary for students to develop key learning skills and mindsets. The intentional design of schools, classrooms, and learning experiences to support children who have endured adverse experiences can help them to recover from the effects of trauma and achieve their full potential as learners and human beings.
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