Trauma is an actual or perceived experience in which powerful and dangerous stimuli overwhelm a child's capacity to regulate emotions. Trauma is a frightening or dangerous event that threatens a child's life or safety. (NCTSN Learning Center).
Trauma disrupts all aspects of typical development including brain development, the ability to learn new things, emotional regulation, attachment to caregivers, and relational connections.
26% of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four. (National Center for Mental Health Promotion on Youth Violence Prevention) .
Becoming trauma-informed is a process that involves pursuing a new way of understanding people and providing mindful responses that meet their specific needs. This process involves gradual integration of trauma concepts and trauma-sensitive responses into daily practice at home, in the workplace, and in the community.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) harm children's developing brains, impacting their ability to respond to stress and damaging their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later leading to significant physical and mental health diagnoses.
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Additional Helpful Tools and informative content in the meantime:
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ACEs Primer Video
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Impact on Brain, Body, and Behavior
How Brains are Build Video
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Outcomes
How Resilience is Built
Experiences Build Brain Architecture
The Science of Resilience