The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care for Autistic Students
A study in 2022 showed that 9 out of 10 Autistic Women Have Been Victims of Sexual Violence with over 50% of them aged 15 or younger when first attacked.
It's estimated that over 90% of people with an intellectual disability will be the victim of sexual abuse or assault, and about half will experience sexual abuse 10 times or more in their lives.”
Children with ASD are bullied by peers at a rate three to four times that of nondisabled peers with negative impacts on academic functioning and mental health symptoms, including increased risk for suicidality.
2/3rds of Autistics are Victims of Bullying
Autistics have 3 Xs the Suicide Rate
60% of Autistics reported symptoms that were determined as probable PTSD sometime in their life.
Racial Disparities in Misdiagnosis of Autism
HOW DANGER/THREAT TURNS INTO TRAUMA
•An experience that overwhelms our capacity to cope
⚬Overwhelmed by incoming stimuli.
⚬Inability to integrate sensory experiences through the nervous system.
What contributes to overwhelm?
Inescapability-the inability to change things around.
Feeling helpless- lack of secure attachment relationships
Perception is key-what is traumatizing to one person is not traumatizing to another.
Trauma and the Brain
Trauma-Informed care is so important because trauma can actually damage the brain. When an individual's nervous system is dysregulated, the brain is stuck in fight or flight mode, and the brain stem dominates function instead of higher levels of the brain which are involved in learning. To Learn more click here
Trauma and Behaviors
Trauma can cause automatic behaviors that are also associated with autism fight (aggression), flight (elopement), and freeze (dissociation). Frequent trauma can actually cause the nervous system to be more sensitive to trauma. There is an overlap of symptoms associated with both autism and PTSD. Click here for more
What is Trauma-Informed Care
Being Trauma-Informed is not just the latest buzzword, it is an approach where all the staff is trained to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognize the symptoms of trauma, and respond accordingly, and most importantly without retraumatization of the student. To learn more click here
Our Mission #STOPAUTISTICABUSE
Autistics are being traumatized in the current educational system that does not take neuro-differences into account and utilizes antiquated methodologies as CPI holds, isolation, or "planned ignoring" on students in distress. When a child then exhibits PTSD-like symptoms schools blame it on the student's autism, when it is actually trauma from their programming.