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From aromatherapy to anger management: How schools are addressing the ‘crisis’ of childhood trauma

YAKIMA, Wash. — Instead of going outside for recess on a recent Friday, fifth-grader Thomas Stevenson walked down a hallway in Ridgeview Elementary School and entered a dimly lit room.

Inside, lavender aromatherapy filled the air, spa-like music played and a projector broadcast clouds onto a screen. Passing by bean bag chairs on the floor and chess sets on tables, Thomas picked up some Legos and began building an elaborate structure…

Read more about trauma-sensitive schools and Massachusetts Advocates for Children‘s work in this piece from NBC News.