Students and Trauma

The Nervous System

Nerves form and transport information. If nerves are developed entirely, then people can self regulate.

If the nerves’ connections are not well connected they tend to get lost, and lost permanently. This then results in people not being able to form proper relationships or relating in the correct way to suit a certain environmental setting.

People have a protective nervous system, however, if one has suffered immense trauma the protective mechanism becomes extremely active and leads to the flight, fight, freeze response.

An overly active nervous system can lead to dissociation. Dissociation is when a person experiences a change in their heart rate, respiration and freeze response when triggered. This then takes time to remedy.


Hyper-arousal state: When a person’s flight or fight response is active and one can see attack or escape behaviours in response.

Hypo-arousal state:When a person’s freeze is active and one can see avoidance or dissociative responses.

Students In The Classroom

Students may seem to be:

  • Overly anxious and struggle to engage with learning activities.
  • Overly emotional, argumentative, or verbally or physically aggressive.
  • Overwrought and runs out of the classroom or school to find a place to escape.
  • Distant and hard to reach, or acts in ways to make his or her body smaller (like covering the head, hiding in covered spaces or curling up in fetal position).

Thank you for being with me. Let us rebuild a healthy state of mind.

Sending you angel love and blessings.

Love, Francesca.

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