with April Prescott
Utilizing mindfulness meditation can greatly improve the well-being of both teachers and students in the classroom. By utilizing mindfulness practices in a trauma-informed classroom, the teacher can better implement strategies to support the overall well-being of students. Mindfulness and the trauma-informed classroom complement each other as modalities to reach children at their most vulnerable, while being neurologically sound. Experiences of trauma affect normal development, interrupts learning, and affects how the child is available for learning. In this workshop, I will share results of applying a trauma-informed approach with Mindfulness within my classrooms of children with special needs including those with a history of trauma. These are complementary practices, and can be applied in the classroom effectively. In this workshop, attendees will learn about trauma and mindfulness and take part in practical applications towards the classroom. Focus will be given to early education with adaptations towards older children.
April Prescott is an educator with over 15 years of experience in the classroom. Since 2005 her work has been focused on teaching children with special needs or who have been affected by trauma. During this time she has completed training with multiple organizations, all with the aim to help children and their families navigate difficult situations and events with compassion. Her goal is to bring a mindfulness and trauma-informed practice to teachers, mentoring them towards increased resilience in the classroom.
April graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Language and Literacy. She is conversationally fluent in American Sign Language as part of her work with the Connect Society in Edmonton, Alberta. She is now the Individual Program Plan and Special Needs Coordinator for Aboriginal Head Start in Edmonton.
April has completed the Year-Long Mindfulness Educator program through Mindful Schools and is a 200 hour certified Yoga Teacher. She has also completed training in the Neurosequential Model for Educators through the Child Trauma Academy and Dr. Bruce Perry.
In her free time, April is bringing mindfulness to her rugby club, riding horses, practicing yoga and playing Dungeons and Dragons.