The mission of LucidWitness is to grow awareness about trauma during childhood, or “developmental trauma.” This includes the impacts on the physical architecture of the brain and its functions, and the devastating lifelong effects.
Developmental trauma impacts 2 out of 3 people at some level.
Roughly 70% of the parents in our school’s neighborhood are not familiar with the concept, nor its impacts in the classroom, nor the lifelong consequences for their children.
Grow awareness, grow awareness, and grow awareness.
LucidWitness is organized in three unique series :
“Nowhere to Hide”
“Peek Inside a Classroom”
“Click for Resources”
All the narratives from LucidWitness are about real kids (with pseudonyms) who are trauma-impacted. These are not “combined” or imaginary narratives, nor caricatures.
Most of these children lived in the same neighborhood. All were in my classroom. More than half were in the same classroom, in the very same year! Difficult to imagine…
I live in community with them, and know them personally as students, neighbors and friends.
Several children appear more than once across the series of narratives. You will see ‘Roberto’, ‘Danny’, ‘Jasmine’, ‘Ashley’, and ‘Jamar’ multiple times, intentionally, at different levels of depth.
“Nowhere to Hide” series overview
The series overview post is “Nowhere to Hide the ‘Elephant in the Classroom'”
Each individual post then focuses on a single component of the workings of developmental trauma, via real life examples in short “60 second” soundbites, akin to “Public Service Announcements” (PSAs). They are designed for sharing in social media networks to grow public awareness.
“Nowhere to Hide” series links
Trigger warning: the children’s experiences in the vignettes are unvarnished. Their traumatic responses may trigger painful memories.
More to come
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Please share a PSA link to help grow public awareness of the impacts of developmental trauma. There are so many of us who’ve never heard of the overpowering life-long impacts.
“Peek Inside a Classroom” series overview
The second original series, “Peek Inside a Classroom”, provides much more detailed looks inside my classroom, primarily focused on specific students: Jasmine, Danny and Jose.
Other children are captured in broader looks at education reform concepts: “Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm?” and “Effective Education Reform”, co-authored with Sandra L. Bloom, M. D..
“Peek Inside a Classroom” series links
“Click for Resources…” series overview:
“Click for Resources” posts are the theory and research behind the narrative posts in “Nowhere to Hide” and “Peek Inside a Classroom”.
Each post in “Click for Resources “ is divided in three parts:
1) general press articles,
2) Research Journals or academic papers
3) social media, often with video.
“Click for Resources” series links
Developmental trauma, still “the elephant in the [class] room” for many adults.