Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


A growing awareness shows that repeated exposure to childhood trauma is widespread and affects children’s emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The damage can be life-long. It is necessary for school systems to advocate for students through understanding trauma-informed strategies and interventions. A review of available literature investigated the impact of trauma on children’s physical and mental health, behavior, and academic outcomes in school settings. Research found that trauma largely impacts children’s cognitive functioning, increases likelihood of mental health diagnoses, and reduces student engagement. The synthesis of current research indicates that when trauma-informed programs are implemented in school settings student engagement and success increases.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis