Reading and Responding to a Child’s Distress with Trauma-Informed Approaches

Cryin boyThis session will increase your awareness and responsiveness to infants and young child’s distress  as viewed through a trauma-informed lens.

Trauma informed approaches are

1. informed about and sensitive to the prevelance and signs of trauma as well as the mechanisms through which trauma develops
2. based on latest research in neuroscience, attachment theory, child development and related fields
3. protect the rights of the child
We will examine the facial expressions, vocalisations and body language of infants and young children in lessons. This will enable you to better understand what’s going on in the child’s stress response system and the possible impact on other systems and aspects of development and behaviour.

Having developed this understanding we will then discuss trauma-informed ways in which to respond to the child that promote healthy overall development, behaviours and most importantly, protect the rights of the child.

This session will challenge you to reflect on your own practices and beliefs, and provide opportunities for positive reinforcement, growth and change.


This session will give you


  • An understanding of what it means to be trauma informed in the swim school


  • An increased ability to read the stress response in infants and young children


  • An increased knowledge and ability to respond with trauma-informed, sensitive and ethical approaches


  • The opportunity to identify and focus on one practice you are currently using with infants, young children (or parents) that you could stop


  • The opportunity to identify and explore one trauma-informed evidence-based practice you could implement with infants, young children (or parents)


Duration of session

The duration of this session can be flexible to suit your needs, from a minimum time of a 60 min presentation including question/discussion time to a half-day interactive workshop comprising 2 x 90 min sessions.


About your presenter

Janine Ramsey is a licenced counsellor in Australia and learn to swim professional specialising in trauma informed practices. She has been involved in the learn to swim industry for 40 years in various roles including swim teacher, swim school owner and now as consultant and educator for swim schools around the world.

Janine is passionate about ensuring families have positive experiences at the swim school and that lessons are free of force and trauma.