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Complex Childhood Trauma: Impact on Academic Performance

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Boston, MA Founded and directed by Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. The Center publishes and links to research on early brain development, learning, behavior, and applying that knowledge to policies and practices.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA The CDC website offers several publications that promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships to prevent child maltreatment. The CDC also sponsors the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study.

Child Trauma Academy, Houston, TX Founded by Bruce D. Perry, M.D. The website offers free online courses and other trainings on early brain development and the impact of maltreatment. A wide variety of other resources are available including books and articles by Dr. Perry and other experts in the field.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston, MA Advocacy for children with disabilities. Published seminal paper on educating traumatized children, "Helping Traumatized Children Learn", which is available free for download. Partnered with Harvard Law School to form the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.

Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center, Brookline, MA Founded and Directed by Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. The website links to many important research initiatives and works by Dr. van der Kolk. The Center provides training, trauma services, as well as child advocacy and research initiatives.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), established by Congress in 2000, brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN's collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence?based practices,the NCTSN changes the course of children's lives by changing the course of their care.

Sound Discipline is a non-profit organization "teaching people to do the right thing, even when no one is looking." They have produced a 17-page handout, "Working with Students Exposed to Trauma." They also provide trainings and publications, many free for download.



Last Updated: October 3, 2014
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