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Last month, Unique Minds Consultancy’s own Simone Collier and India Bryce published an article in the MDPI journal. The study sheds light on the challenges faced by children with comorbid disability and developmental trauma in educational settings.

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A Systematic Literature Review of the Teaching Considerations and Practices Provided to Children in an Education Setting with Nurturing Unique Minds: Understanding Comorbid Disability and Developmental Trauma in Educational Settings Disability and Developmental Trauma


This ground-breaking study delves into the challenges faced by children with comorbid disability and developmental trauma in educational settings and offers valuable insights into effective teaching considerations and practices to support these unique minds.


Here is a summary of the article:

Understanding Comorbid Disability and Developmental Trauma:

Comorbid disability refers to the co-occurrence of two or more disabilities in an individual, making their learning experience in educational settings particularly complex. When combined with developmental trauma, which results from adverse experiences during early childhood, these children face additional obstacles in their academic and emotional growth.


The Importance of Inclusive Education:

This systematic literature review emphasises the significance of teaching considerations within the context of inclusive education. Children with comorbid disability, mental illness and developmental trauma can be particularly challenging to teach in a mainstream classroom unless full understanding of the complexities and resourcing is properly considered so the child’s special needs can be adequately met.


Tailored Teaching Considerations and Practices:

This review considers five key themes that highlight the key issues impacting quality practice when teaching students with these needs:

  1. Mental Health conditions caused by trauma contribute to the disability
  2. Disability is a risk factor for childhood abuse
  3. Capacity of classroom teachers to achieve inclusion
  4. Quality relational practice needs to encompass social, emotional and behavioural skills
  5. Importance of cultural responsiveness


By understanding these challenges and implementing tailored teaching considerations and practices, educators can create a nurturing and inclusive environment that fosters the growth and well-being of these unique minds. As a society, we must recognise the importance of supporting every child’s individual journey towards a brighter and more successful future.


Source: Full Article



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