FCS Trauma Informed Care

May 2021 TIC Tip

May 2021 TIC Tip of the Month Universal Design for Learning - Self Regulation Let’s dig deeper into providing means of engagement that are aligned with the principles of TIC (providing adult approved choices, helping students become self-regulated and resilient, …

April 2021 TIC Tip

April 2021 TIC Tip of the Month Overlap between TIC and Universal Design for Learning Sustaining Effort and Persistence & Fostering Collaboration and Community UDL is a proactive approach to creating learning experiences that are accessible to ALL students, in …

March 2021 TIC Tip

March 2021 TIC Tip of the Month Universal Design for Learning & A Trauma-Informed Approach  Students who have experienced trauma may feel like their world is out of control.  Giving students adult-approved choices, not only helps students practice problem solving …

February 2021 TIC Tip

The February 2021 TIC Tip of the month “Mind the Gap” - Strategies for Responding to Students - Educator Self-Care An adult brain, just like a student’s brain, responds to sensory information quickly to assess whether we are safe.  If …

January 2021 TIC Tip

TIC – January 2021 – The holiday season was stressful for many of our students and families who struggle with finances, family dynamics, food insecurity, housing issues, amongst other things.

December 2020 TIC Tip

The TIC December Tip of the Month is from the Take Five to Thrive: Strategies to Manage Stress in Challenging Times.  The holiday season is stressful for students and families who may struggle with finances, family dynamics, food insecurity, housing …

November 2020 TIC Tip

TIC Tip of the Month – November 2020 – The Tip of the Month is simple – Relationships Matter! Relationships are more important than ever, especially with all of the additional stressors and fast approaching holiday season.

October 2020 TIC Tip

TIC Tip of the Month – October 2020
According to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and the Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, nearly half of all Ohio children have experienced one or more ACEs.  One in seven Ohio children have experienced three or more ACEs.  Think of an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) as a traumatic event or form of trauma.

September 2020 TIC Tip

September 2020 TIC Tip

May 2020 TIC Tip

TIC – May, 2020 – May is National Mental Health Month

May 2020 TIC Tip

TIC Tip (May, 2020) As educators, we have a unique opportunity to provide our students with a sense of safety, connectedness, and hope during the month of May and beyond.

April 2020 TIC Tip

TIC (April, 2020) Now that the stay-at-home and physical distancing order has been extended, it is more important than ever to develop and follow a daily routine.  Routines, in general, promote a feeling of safety and may help minimize anxiety.

March 2020 TIC Tip

TIC (March 2020) We often think of abuse, neglect, and natural disasters as forms of trauma; however, trauma comes in various forms.

February 2020 TIC Tip

TIC (February, 2020) – As we enter the stretch of the school year between winter and spring, students may exhibit behaviors anytime of the school year that may cause educators concern, frustration and prevent curriculum delivery.

Getting into the Groove after the Holidays!

TIC (January 2020) Getting into the Groove after the Holidays! Time to Practice Habit 7 as we Teach and Learn!

Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season!

TIC (December, 2019) – Ah, the holidays….  For some of us, this time of year is magical!  A time to celebrate all that we are grateful for with family and friends. 

Self-Care for School Staff

TIC (December, 2019) – The life of an educator is challenging! Everyone who works in a school setting is an educator in some capacity; therefore, self-care applies to all of us. Juggling the demands and expectations of family, relationships, and job related duties, along with providing the extra care that many of our students need, may feel overwhelming.

Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Protocol

TIC (October, 2019) The following information was gathered to provide guidance to classified and certified staff when there is concern for a student. When a report to CPS is made, also inform your school counselor and administrator of the report. 

TIC Protocol Cards

TIC (September, 2019) We would like to give a big shout out to the FCS classified staff for generating the idea for the reporting protocol cards. The reporting protocol cards were designed to help classified staff know who to communicate …

“When Students are Traumatized, Teachers are Too.”

TIC (May, 2019) “Being a teacher is a stressful job, but teachers are now responsible for a lot more things than just providing an education.” This quote from the attached article (article link) is pertinent to what many educators are …

SELF CARE for Educators

TIC (April, 2019) – SELF CARE for Educators To become a “7 Habits” school district, we must practice and model the habits in our daily lives. This includes taking time to sharpen our saws. On airplanes, we are reminded to …

Trauma Theory Video

TIC (March, 2019) – Positive Relationships & Findlay City Schools!Our schools are overflowing with caring and passionate professionals. Together (e.g. bus drivers, paraprofessionals, school counselors,  food service staff, coaches, speech / occupational / physical therapists, administrators, secretaries, teachers, librarians, technology, …

Findlay City Schools – TIC Training


School To Prison Pipeline

TIC (February, 2019) – School To Prison Pipeline – Ohio Discipline Data The American Correctional Association estimates the average cost of incarcerating a juvenile in a JDC is estimated at $88,000-$94,000 per year (average cost $240.99/day). States spend approximately $5.7 …

Secondary Trauma

TIC (January, 2019) Secondary Trauma Coping with the effects of others’ trauma can be draining and can have lasting negative effects. It is not uncommon for educators who deal with traumatized children to develop their own symptoms of traumatic stress. …

Positive Relationships – Mr. Brown

TIC (December, 2018) – Positive Relationships Findlay City Schools has many valuable and caring employees who build positive relationships with students, families and staff. This month we are spotlighting Mr. Brown who works at Northview for our TIC tip of the month. Wishing …

Practice Gratitude!

TIC (November, 2018) Chronic Trauma: The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time of year to kick off a new habit of practicing gratitude! Consider the power of positive thoughts. Positive thinking leads to positive feelings and actions. School personnel can …

Chronic Trauma & Intervention

TIC (October, 2018) Chronic Trauma: Students who have experienced chronic trauma may not have the ability to regulate their emotions or control impulsive behaviors, and may become hypervigilant. They unconsciously continuously scan the environment for signs of danger. They may …

Interventions from the “Kid Whisperer”

TIC (September, 2018) – Below are interventions from the “Kid Whisperer” professional development In August. The following strategies align with trauma-Informed Interventions: Request thinking (verbal) Say to a student, “take a breath and think” A preventative errand You notice a …

Positive, Trauma-Informed Sentences

TIC (August, 2018) – Positive, trauma-informed sentences can help school personnel avoid, minimize or de-escalate situations.  These sentences will support a win-win (Habit 4) approach to build and maintain relationships. “We’ll try again later.”  For example, this sentence may be …

Transition to Summer Break

TIC (May, 2018) – The transition to the summer break may be difficult for students who have experienced trauma. Students may be scared of being at home for long periods of time, without basic necessities, in an unstructured or unsafe …

What does Trauma Informed Care have to do with the Opioid Epidemic?  

TIC (April, 2018)  Basic Facts:  The Center for Disease Control reported prescription and illicit opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 …

How Can I Help?

TIC (March, 2018) – “Really it boils down to something pretty simple. And it’s relationships.” Oprah Winfrey, featuring Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D., presented a segment on Trauma-Informed Care on 60 Minutes Sunday evening (March 11, 2018). Oprah discussed how trauma …

Sharpen Your Saw on Valentine’s Day!

TIC (February, 2018) – According to the History Channel, 150 million Valentine’s Day cards and gifts are sent yearly in the U.S. This year, consider Valentine’s Day traditions through a TIC lens. In schools, it is common for students to …

Why Was that Time Stressful for You?

TIC (January, 2018) – Traumatic stress and the power of a caring adult: Think of a time that was particularly stressful (but not traumatic) in your life. Revisit this period as an observer watching the events unfold and then ask …

No One Knows What Another Might Have Experienced

TIC (December, 2017) – The holiday season may be particularly difficult for many of our students and their families. As TIC is a universal approach, keep in mind that we may not know what is going on in the lives …

Using Affirmations

TIC (November, 2017) – Affirmations are short statements to help a person (students and adults) think differently about situations.  Changing the way a person thinks has an impact on their feelings and behaviors.  Using affirmations helps individuals improve many areas …

Homeless Students

TIC (October, 2017) TIC and Our Homeless Students – Source: http://nche.ed.gov/ As we go through our school days, we often have concerns about the children in our care. Do they feel okay? Is something bothering them? Is everything okay at …

Building Positive Relationships

TIC (September, 2017) Random Acts of Kindness One of the key strategies in TIC, is the building of positive relationships with students, co-workers and parents. Carl Rogers, a psychologist, who coined the term “unconditional positive regard” stated that unconditional positive …

TIC Training – The Buddy Bench

TIC (August, 2017) – Basic Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Training Basic TIC Video 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 …

Put First Things First

TIC (May, 2017) – The TIC tip for May addresses how Habit 3, Put First Things First, supports the TIC initiative What does “first things first” look like through a TIC lens in a school setting? How do you put …

Begin With the End in Mind

TIC (April, 2017) -In March, the TIC tip of the month addressed how Habit 1 (Be Proactive) aligns with the TIC initiative. The TIC tip for April is based on Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind. The …

Chit Chat Celebrations

TIC (March, 2017) – The TIC Classified Committee suggested that we add celebrations to the monthly tips so that we can continue to learn from each other.

Teacher has Personalized Handshakes with Every One of His Students

TIC (February, 2017) – Barry White, Jr., a fifth grade English teacher at Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has an elaborate, personalized handshake with every one of his students.

Behavior Management Strategies

TIC (January, 2017) – Trauma-Informed Care is a whole-school approach to creating physically and psychologically safe learning environments.

Keeping Those Who Have Trauma in Mind During the Holidays

TIC (December, 2016) – As the holiday season approaches, many of us begin to look forward to spending time with family and friends, and to sharing in the joys of the season.

The Findings of a 2016 Study on TIC Implementation

TIC (November, 2016) – The impact of trauma on student well-being is one of many reasons school personnel, regardless of job classification…

Trauma & Loss in Children

TIC (October, 2016) – Fear is something we all experience.

Services Guide

TIC (October, 2016) – No Wrong Door

September 2016 Update!

TIC (September, 2016) – Trauma Informed Care Update


TIC (September, 2016) – Craps2

Tips from the TLC Institute

TIC (September, 2016) – Tips!

Childhood PTSD

TIC (September, 2016) – Prevalence of PTSD in Children

Tips During Check-In, Check-Out

TIC (September, 2016) – CICO – Tips for Providing Feedback During Check-in, Check-out 

Know! The Impact of Childhood Trauma

TIC (September, 2016) – Know! The Impact of Childhood Trauma

Joe DiMaggio’s Story

TIC (September, 2016) – A story about Joe DiMaggio.

“I” Statements

It is helpful to use “I” statements when interacting with students who are escalated. Avoid the use of “you” and “why” as it can cause students to further escalate and become defensive.