• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Website Explores Adverse Childhood Experiences

What can happen to a child's brain when he or she experiences trauma during childhood? The ACEs Too High news site explores just that. According to the website, adverse childhood experiences, or "ACEs," can harm children's developing brains in ways that can manifest many years later, often causing chronic disease, mental illness, and other issues. ACEs Too High shares the latest news on research and developments related to ACEs in the fields of education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health, medicine, mental health, and social services and covering topics that include epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress.

The website focuses on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, which measures 10 ACEs types: physical, sexual, and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; a family member who is depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness, addicted to alcohol or another substance, or in prison; witnessing a mother being abused; and losing a parent to separation, divorce, or other reason. It includes a section where users can calculate their own ACEs scores by answering a series of questions, as well as their resilience score based on 14 protective factors.

Users can also join the ACEs Too High companion social network, ACEs Connection, which aims to help people who are implementing or looking to implement trauma-informed, resilience-building practices in their work, community, or personal lives. A new feature on the website is the "ACEs Primer," a 5-minute video explaining the CDC-Kaiser study.

Visit ACEs Too High at https://acestoohigh.com/ to learn more.

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