The Brainwave Trust recently completed a series of highly successful forums in Christchurch in response to the on-going stress in children resulting from the recent earthquakes.
The Trust educates the community on the neuroscience of brain development and in the process provides an understanding on how to sooth the brain (and therefore emotions) to provide resilience and comfort in stressful or traumatic situations.
Five forums were targeted at parents and the general public while another three were dedicated to the local primary school teachers to teach strategies for use in the classroom where quake related behaviours have been on the rise for some time.
The forums provided opportunity for participants to address their own specific concerns so they could leave feeling empowered to deal with them. Responses such as ‘this talk helped lots – it gave me ideas and skills to help my family now’ and ‘everyone with children should hear this’ were typical. The teachers were also delighted to learn that employing simple strategies such as singing and movement in the classroom would quickly work to soothe increasing stress.