Adverse Childhood Experiences
Trauma Informed Care
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WHAT ARE ACE'S?
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are a hidden crisis impacting the health and well-being of children, families and our communities. ACEs are defined as emotionally traumatic events that have profound impact on a child’s developing brain with lasting impacts on their health and livelihood throughout their lifetime. These ACEs occur any time before a child turns 18.
ACEs are categorized into three groups on the ACE Pyramid: abuse, neglect, and household challenges. Each category is further divided into multiple subcategories identified.
An ACE score is a calculation of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks delivered from a rough childhood.
According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study created by Kaiser Permanente doctors in the late 1990s, the rougher and unstable your childhood, the higher your score likely will be and the higher your risk is for health problems later in life.
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HIDDEN CRISIS (ACEs)
NOW WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY RESULTS?
ACE scores, unfortunately, do not calculate the positive experiences in early life that helps build resilience and protects the child's brain from the effects of trauma.
Psychologists say. "There are people with high ACE scores who do remarkably well," says Jack Shonkoff, a pediatrician and director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Resilience builds throughout life, and "close relationships" are key.
Recent research also suggests that for the adult population, "trauma informed" therapy — which can center on art, yoga or mindfulness training — can help..
The tRUTH ABOUT ACE
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, with lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every person can survive and thrive.