Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan, is combating trauma with a new innovative program. WBZ News visited the school to see how a generous grant from EdVestors is helping the school implement an initiative for teachers to treat students impacted by trauma in their lives. 

The program, funded by a grant from EdVestors' through their School Solutions Seed Fund, puts all of Mattahunt’s employees through a five-hour training course on trauma response. The course aims to teach employees how trauma negatively impacts child brain development and the indicators that a child has experienced trauma. A trained clinician from the Home for Little Wanderers assists the school.

“Understand that if we come at them with compassion instead of in a punitive way, that we can really help them change their behaviors and help them feel supported and not attacked,” Mattahunt’s clinician, Bridget Macke said.

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Boston Elementary School Combating Trauma In Kids

By Louisa Moller, WBZ-TV