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I have been a pediatrician in the Oklahoma City area for 11 years. After having three biological children, my husband and I adopted a four-year-old girl from China. Through the process of adoption, I became aware of the science of ACEs and the effects of early life experiences on brain development. I was shocked that such a foundational truth was not a part of my training in medical school or pediatrics residency. It was also not a required part of pre-adoption education.

With the incentive of helping my own family, I learned as much as I could about ACEs science and interventions, but I could see that a busy physician without a personal incentive may not want to put as much time into learning about this new field. I wanted to create an easy way for practicing physicians and other professionals to learn more about ACEs and also to help overcome barriers to screening such as the fear of not knowing enough about resources to refer patients to when there is a positive screen. has pages with educational information as well as many links to other national and state resources for topics such as healthcare, treatments, schools, law enforcement, foster care/adoption and mental health. There is also a Facebook Page for Trauma Informed MD that shares educational opportunities and articles about ACEs when I become aware of them. Please join the community by signing up for our monthly newsletter and following the Facebook page. I look forward to working together with other resources around the nation to raise awareness and promote education about Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Laura Shamblin, MD FAAP 

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I’m really happy to see all the positives out of this work on getting doctors to be β€œtrauma-informed” (though I’m still not sure exactly what a trauma informed doctor is)  like folks affected by trauma no longer having their experiences dismissed as unimportant and unrelated to current symptomatology as readily as in the past.... 

It would be really helpful if doctors got together to push for advancement into research on  better means of prevention - such as supporting the parent-infant dyad in WCC’s, maybe in obstetrics and much better and available treatments for common things like post-pardem depression  as just one example and if there is going to be universal screening, well β€”β€” 

What are the positives and the negatives of doing this when we don’t yet have the resources to treat adequately in many places? I think David Finkelhor has some concerns and he is an important figure in child abuse and neglect circles.  

It is also going to be really important to advocate for methods of diagnosis and treatment that really work and are much more widely available. 

I had access to NMT evaluation, but then didn’t have access to the recommended therapies for at least one of my complexly traumatized kids - the only one I could get NMT for.    I know this problem is an issue for many kids. They have such ingrained complex trauma that they need complex individual and family interventions and therapies.   If we are going to make the move to screen all kids and parents, we take on the responsibility for advocating for the extensive resources that are going to be needed to treat the kids and parents. We take on the responsibility to offer treatments that help and don’t harm... Right? 

It would seem to me then that everything we know should be on the table... looking at Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga, Exercise, Sports Teams, Expressive Arts, Marching Band...mentalization, Schema, Somatosensory, Transference-Based...All the concepts of structural and other complex dissociation phenomenon (and many negative ACE screens will appropriately come from dissociated parents who could never answer an ACE screen honestly w/o experiencing more trauma),  different developmental models - I really like the DMM - strategies to manage danger through the lifespan, NMT, the personality disorders... how do these begin their development in does the self actually develop; what keeps the self from developing in a healthy manner after exposure to severe polyvictimazation and attachment trauma and even the validity of the DSM itself and medication management.  What are we actually treating with all those meds?  

It should all be on the table.  

Doc education needs to be revamped to learn how brain structures are affected by maltreatment and how this affects behaviors including behaviors associated with what may have been considered genetic brain-based conditions in the past like ADHD... but now that we know more about how early childhood trauma causes the same symptoms.. maybe many cases aren’t really ADHD... that would mean evaluating whether the way we prescribe stimulants (and all psychotropic medications) to the developing brain needs to be changed... does what we do now harm children’s developing brain even more?  Do we even know? ..Do we even have the right diagnosis available to offer to symptomatic traumatized kids that truly encapsulates their experiences; we all know that diagnosis drives treatment development.... and certainly medical education - we need to be taught about infant and child development from an infant mental health and truly developmental perspective from the experts across the world; they do exist.   That does not happen now. 


If childhood trauma gets subsumed into the medical model as it currently functions in most places across the US, how well will that work out for kids and families and the greater society?  Will pediatricians be able to strongly and confidently say,  I Know I Did No Harm? 

Where is the ACEs in obstetrics and psychiatry communities on ACEsConnection?   If they are here... I apologize for my ignorance in advance... Will other fields relinquish some of their power if that means developing different treatments that are actually effective and not harmful?  Will other disciplines let go of treatments and models that make traumatized kids and families worse? 

Just a few thoughts. I would love to hear doctors have an out in the open conversation about these concerns and so many more that ultimately affect us all as everyone has an interest in improving outcomes for traumatized children.   I ask all these questions because I know my responsibility is to put kids first always. 

Thank you  


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