Childhood Trauma and Education: A Doctoral Project Journey

by Erin ONeill

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Childhood trauma has been found to negatively impact the ability to learn in school. Mindfulness practices, including yoga may help. The doctoral project proposed through Thomas Jefferson University's Post Professional Doctoral Program is to modify a Sensory Enhanced Yoga program developed for adults with histories of trauma to one for use with children in learning environments. 

The name of this program is SMYLE (Sensory Enhanced Mindfulness and Yoga for use in Learning Environments). This program is being developed in collaboration with a experienced special education teacher as well as the creator and developer of the Sensory Enhanced Yoga Institute.

As part of the development of this program, I am seeking to gain my 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate to fully develop an understanding of the practice of yoga and mindfulness. I am an occupational therapist with a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. I have been practicing occupational therapy in urban school settings for 9 years. At this time I have an advanced practice certificate in neuroscience as well as advanced training in sensory integration. These allow for understanding of the neurological implications of mindfulness practice and the impact on a person's ability to participate in daily occupations.

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The challenges of seeking this additional training will be the time commitment. However, the programs I am looking into are summer intensives which will allow for focusing on the yoga teacher training while away from working in the school setting. The yoga teacher training will complement the doctoral courses I am taking over the summer.

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