We look at trauma as long term exposure to what is called "Toxic Stress". This can be from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as divorce, mental illness in the home, and other common factors which impact how the brain is developed. Children and adults can experiences ACEs and the effects they have on the brain for the rest of their life. However, there is good news. With proper training and guidance, teachers, counselors, superintendents, custodians (anyone in a school!), business members, and more can actually change the wiring in a person's brain! It isn't fiction...it is science.
According to the CDC: Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen.
However, we can change these outcomes through positive interactions with people. With trauma informed care, we can create a culture that embraces every child where they are at socially, emotionally, and academically. This can truly only be done to its fullest capacity through training that gives trauma information as well as other mental health facts that are relevant and up to date. That is where we can help.