Why Mindfulness is Needed in Education

Toxic stress exposure and traumatic experiences in childhood cause children to have a mismatch between the severity of the stimulus and their response.

Toxic stress exposure and traumatic experiences in childhood have been shown to cause children to have a mismatch between the severity of the stimulus and their response. This can cause an impact in gene expression years later, but we can give children tools to help deal with these factors. 

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Even children who have not suffered adverse childhood experiences may struggle with frequent “mismatches” between the severity of a stimulus (a routine pop quiz) and their response (loss of peripheral vision, sweating, nausea, terror and immobility). In children suffering from trauma, these “mismatches” become chronic and habitual.”

“Toxic stress impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep, and learning readiness daily in American classrooms. Even more troubling, prolonged exposure to childhood toxic stress has lifelong impacts on mental and physical health.”

“Exposure to parental stress in early childhood has been shown to impact gene expression even years later in adolescence.”

 

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