At KIDS Hasselt we felt the need to take another perspective looking at what we previously called “problem behavior” of children and adolescents and to deal with it in a different way. From literature and research we know that deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents are more likely to experience traumatic experiences. By putting on what we called the “trauma glasses,” we started to look differently and therefore also act differently. The trauma-sensitive approach has become a basic attitude at KIDS.
In this presentation we will explain to you how we let theory enter the daily practice of education and care to create a safe and supportive environment for our deaf and hard of hearing children and youngsters. The goal here is that all professionals in the organization (teachers, speech therapists, physiotherapists, educators, pedagogues, …. ) share a common language and use the same tools when guiding children, adolescents and their contexts.