Utilizing a Trauma-Sensitive Lens

Trauma, in many forms, can have a lasting impact on development and well-being. Students with developmental and communication challenges can be uniquely affected by trauma. This project explores how the use of a trauma-sensitive lens in the special education context can impact our interactions, practices, and programs.

Scholarships and Activities

The CARE-squared approach to rapid stabilization and triage for pediatric crisis management. Oregon Health Sciences University, Department of Behavioral Pediatrics (Randall Phelps & Amy Szarkowski, May 2021)

Challenging the “2020 sucks” framework: Exploring a post-traumatic growth lens for schools for the Deaf. Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, “Meeting Challenges Moving Ahead” Series (Szarkowski & Brandt, January 2021)

CARE-squared: Rapid stabilization and triage for complicated cases. Association of University Centers on Disability Conference. (Fogler & Szarkowski, December 2020)

Supporting students with disabilities in trauma-sensitive schools. Educational Leadership (Szarkowski & Fogler, 2020)


Deep Dive on Trauma-Sensitive Schools (CCCBSD Professional Development, Spring 2020)

Executive functioning in deaf and hard of hearing children. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Evelien Dirks, Deakin University, Australia, September 2019)


Trauma-informed care for children with disabilities (The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Jason Fogler, Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital Trauma Team, April 2019)


A socio-culturally, linguistically-responsive, and trauma-informed approach to mental health interpretation. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (Szarkowski, Contributor, 2019).