While in the classroom, the IDEAS Program focuses on improving the child's development by recognizing trauma as a symptom, not a problem. The trauma-informed care framework encourages school systems to further support the developing life of their student body by implementing TIC principles into their practice. Therefore, to promote childhood growth and learning, IDEAS integrates SEL and expressive arts to allow students to recognize their feelings and emotions as they develop and acquire the skills needed to succeed in life.
IDEAS supports 21st-century learners by introducing a mental health wellness curriculum that recognizes ACEs in the classroom. This curriculum can enhance a child's well-being by utilizing SEL skills as supportive components that help re-frame real-life experiences while creating the space for children to share their narratives through digital storytelling and other expressive art modalities.