A Trauma-Informed Practice

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms

“CalmConnect is a fantastic resource that should be in every classroom.” Dr. William Steele

Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric,  

Trauma-Sensitive Practices 

Edited by William Steele PhD 

Chapter Three 

Multi-Sensory Movement for All: 

Changing Our Physiology, Behavior and Performance  

by Roberta Scherf and Chris Bye 

We’re pleased to announce the publication of a new book on trauma-informed care, edited by William Steele,  PhD. The book includes a chapter on CalmConnect efficacy, released in 2017 by Routledge. 


Book: There is no doubt that movement can help all  students with regulation in ways that allow them to  focus and engage those cognitive processes needed  to learn. When movement patterns are integrated  with rhythmic music, comforting vocal frequencies,  visual patterns, and synchronized with the expressive  features of emotion and the movement of others,  teachers and students realize so many more benefits.  This chapter describes the integrated processes of  the CalmConnect program used in classrooms and  other settings throughout the country. Teachers,  parents, occupational therapists and school social  workers describe their experiences with students  before and after using the three to four minute  segments in the classroom; how it improves focus,  reduces off task behaviors, helps to regulate behavior  and overall learning outcomes for all students. 

Text Book: Readers will be able to identify and then  discuss how the various components of specific  movement patterns, rhythmic music, comforting  vocal frequencies, visual patterns synchronized  with the expressive features of emotion and the  movement of others supports bio-physiological and  neurological functions critical to learning and the  regulation of reactions and behaviors associated with  anxious and traumatized students, as well as those  students experiencing stress and sensory processing  challenges. Links to several video segments allow  the reader to hear directly from teachers and parents  about the various ways that the CalmConnect program has integrated these components into three  to four minute segments for use in classrooms and  other settings, and how their students and children  are better able to focus, reduce off task behaviors and  realize improved learning and behavioral outcomes.