TIC (August, 2017) – Basic Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Training
The Buddy Bench
In a trauma-informed school district, all students feel cared for, engaged and safe (physically and emotionally). The buddy bench provides a support to students who may feel unsafe on the playground. The video will help educators teach students how to use the buddy bench to support their peers.
The first buddy bench in Findlay City Schools was installed at the Whittier Primary playground 3 years ago. The funding was gifted by a Findlay community member. The buddy bench concept has been implemented across the United States and in other countries in the world. The idea of the buddy bench uses children’s innate communication through play. Students are taught to use the bench as a tool to indicate that they are looking for someone to play with them. Once a student sees a fellow classmate sitting on the bench the message is clear and the student is soon asked to join in group play. Soon all elementary schools in Hancock County will receive their very own buddy bench through the fundraising and organizing of the Hancock Leadership Committee.