Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Grabanski


The purpose of this scholarly project was to create a trauma-informed guide for educators within a school setting to be used to support adolescents effected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 1 in 6 adults reported experiencing four or more types of ACEs, and 5 of 10 leading causes of death are associated with ACEs (CDC, 2022). ACEs can negatively impact adolescents in various ways, including cognitively, physically, and socially. These negative impacts affect adolescent’s overall well-being and leads to difficulty with engagement in several occupations. Due to their traumatic experiences and the various impacts, adolescents within a school setting are in need of complex support. A complex literature review was conducted in order to identify the type of support these adolescents need in order to address their academic performance and overall well-being. The author utilized the person-environment-occupation model (PEO) as a framework towards the development of this product. How to Support Adolescents Affected by ACEs: An Advocacy Guide for Educators, was organized utilizing the various PEO components. The guide begins with an introduction, followed by operational definitions, background information on ACEs, an overview of occupational therapy, outline of PEO, strategies for educators to utilize with this population, and intended use and future recommendations.