Why Knowing About ACEs Can Change How You Interact With Your Clients
ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Childhood experiences can be both positive and negative, and can have a huge impact on our futures.
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been associated with:
There are 2 Categories of ACEs
Early Brain Development
Experiences build our brain architecture. Our interactions shape our brain circuitry and the synapses we build during moments of learning. Our emotions during these learning moments strongly impact how our brains store the new information from these experiences. Toxic stress can derail healthy development.
Toxic stress = Extreme, frequent, or extended activation of the body's stress response, without the buffering presence of a supportive adult.
Challenging Behaviors That May Result From ACEs:
Day to day interactions can be tough and interfere with a child's ability to learn. ACEs can show up at home, at the store, at school, or in the waiting room of a doctor's office. It's important to recognize these behaviors so that we can help children to self regulate and deal with their stress.
Stress in little kids can appear as:
How To Help:
We need to regulate, relate, & reason
One on One: Create Safety
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Liz Molina M.S. CCC-SLP