Helpful Videos

Below you’ll find a selection of helpful videos we’ve collected that aim to educate and familiarize users with some of the most common concepts of our programs. These videos are meant to help establish a basic foundation for understanding the FIFPA training programs and how individual parts of the program impact the students and children we work with every day. The videos below may be shared through their respective YouTube channels and are not the property of Forged In Fire. 

Forged in Fire offers the Safe and Sound Protocol, an intervention for sensory processing challenges, emotional regulation, attention and focus. See the story of Sarah and how she describes improvements in her quality of life after the Safe and Sound Protocol. She is looking forward to high school after experiencing bullying!!!

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Developing Executive Function With Priority Lists

A classroom strategy for explicitly teaching students an important executive function skill: how to prioritize tasks.

What is the Polyvagal Theory

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Polyvagal theory identifies a third type of nervous system response that Porges calls the social engagement system, a playful mixture of activation and calming that operates out of unique nerve influence. The social engagement system helps us navigate relationships.

The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Tap-In / Tap-Out

Sometimes teachers need a minute to take a breath and refocus. A tap-in, tap-out strategy allows them to call in support so they can step out of their room.

Children Help Get Shelter Dogs’ Tails Wagging By Reading to Them

In the Book Buddies Reading Program, children at this Humane Society read to the shelter dogs, helping them gain confidence and grow more comfortable with visitors.

Fall-Hamilton Elementary: Transitioning to Trauma-Informed Practices to Support Learning

A Nashville elementary school takes a comprehensive approach to trauma-informed practices, creating a space where students feel known and supported.

Window of Tolerance Reimagined

A fun reimagining of the Window of Tolerance. Come meet Panda as he travels the River of Life and learns the Tale of the Two Lands.

Restorative Circles: Creating a Safe Environment for Students to Reflect

A daily meeting provides space for students to reflect on their behavior and find positive ways to resolve conflicts.

The Importance of Empathy

Try to understand how other people experience the world.

How Stress Affects Your Brain - Madhumita Murgia

Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

School Replaces Detention with Meditation

An elementary school in Baltimore is using meditation instead of traditional punishments. The school says the program has helped reduce behavior problems.

A Quick and Simple Way to Think About the Brain

The brain is a complex system made up of three vital layers. And even just one dysfunctional layer can cause fear, frustration, and heartache. But helping clients gain a deeper understanding into how the brain works can be the key that unlocks progress.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

Charlotte Teacher Connects to Students with Handshakes

In an effort to bring joy and build trust, CMS teacher Barry White Jr. has a special handshake with every. single. student.

Reversible Thinking film by Families Outside

Reversible Thinking film by Families Outside presented at the 2013 Action for Prisoners’ Families annual conference by Nancy Loucks

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, “How Brains are Built” infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.

The Biology of Toxic Stress

“The reality is that we all need a certain amount of stress, a certain amount of anxiety to perform well. … But if all day, you feel like a truck is coming at you, day after day after day, that’s gonna take a toll on the body.” Is toxic stress preventable?

The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again

Hamish Brewer is a born motivator. The New Zealander with an infectious energy served as principal of Occoquan Elementary, a school serving a large low-income and immigrant community.