ANTS in your PANTS: A Guide to Trauma Informed Teaching

‘ANTS in your PANTS: A Guide to Trauma Informed Teaching’ is a framework that was developed by an Occupational Therapist and a Special Education Teacher, out of their experience working in the Child Psychiatry Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. This framework was developed using principles of trauma-informed care integrated with key understandings of attachment and self-regulation. The workshop will highlight practical strategies and skills for recognizing and responding to challenging behavior in a trauma-informed way. 

An Overview of theory will be discussed in the first section of the workshop.  This will explore trauma informed principles, attachment theory, self-regulation and social emotional learning.

Then an indepth look at A.N.T.S. 

A - Antescendence to Behaviours

N- Notice the Environment (sensory processing)

T- Triggers

S - Signs

The second half of the workshop explores P.A.N.T.S

P- Predictability

A- Attunement

N- Nurturing Environments

T- Talk About Solutions

S - Self-Care for Teachers

Lesson plans and links to the new learning outcomes and resources are also part of this workshop. This easy framework was designed for the busy teacher looking for in the moment strategies and how to manage those children who require more attention. 

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Friday 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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  • Andria Anderson

    My name is Andria Anderson, I am a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. From 2008-2018 I worked on the Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit at BC Children's Hosptial.  Working with children and their families from all over BC with complex mental health needs.  Over the past 10 years there has been a shift from a behaviour based approach to care to a trauma informed approach.  Through this transition, I helped guide staff, families and external supports such as teacher and schools on how to use these new ideas.  Through this work I have developed a framework for families and teachers tha can be used in harmony to support children with the most needs.

  • Ali Thomas