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For Bright Beginnings families, trauma may be common but it needn’t be accepted

Tiarra Abu-Bakr’s title is six words long: “child and family trauma support specialist.”

Amid that mix of warm, inviting adjectives — child, family, support — is a word that sounds scary: trauma.

It may be the most important word of all.

Abu-Bakr works at Bright Beginnings, a preschool in Southeast Washington that serves needy District families that are likely to have experienced some form of trauma. One of her challenges is getting them to understand that.

“Our families may not recognize trauma because it has become so normal in our community,” she said. That includes gun violence, domestic violence, poverty and homelessness. Just because these things are common, Abu-Bakr explains, doesn’t mean they are right — or that they have to be accepted. Read more here.