November 2018

ACEs caused dfference in visual attention caused huge voting anomaly in Broward County Florida - THIS IS OUR MOMENT TO EFFECT NATIONWIDE AWARENESS!

Here in Broward 300% more persons did not fill out their vote for Senator because our community suffers, as do many, from having a large number of persons with a high ACE score, historical trauma, and Complex PTSD and this changes how they process visual and other information, making this particular type of visual error as was made when speedily visually scanning the ballot selection and missing the ballot selection mmediately below the directions. This is provable in two ways; (1) Simply...

ACEs caused dfference in visual attention caused huge voting anomaly in Broward County Florida - THIS IS OUR MOMENT TO EFFECT NATIONWIDE AWARENESS!

Here in Broward 300% more persons did not fill out their vote for Senator because our community suffers, as do many, from having a large number of persons with a high ACE score, historical trauma, and Complex PTSD and this changes how they process visual and other information, making this particular type of visual error as was made when speedily visually scanning the ballot selection and missing the ballot selection mmediately below the directions. This is provable in two ways; (1) Simply...

Meet Your Child’s Needs For Improved Behavior

Understanding WHY a child behaves as he/she does provides you with the answer as to what the child needs to willingly and capably improve his/her behavior. Communication is a behavior, and all forms of behavior are ways of communicating. The child who resists bedtime is communicating something, and the message goes beyond merely saying, “I don’t want to.” The same is true for the child who refuses to turn off the TV or turn away from the video game. The child who speaks to you...

Dads can pass trauma, lifestyle and diet to their children through their sperm, study says [Metro.co.uk]

We know babies inherit genes from their parents but they don’t tend to be environmental factors carried on from parent to children. But a new study shows that sperm can pass traumas that men have experienced in their lives, as well as other lifestyle choices such as diet to their kids. Sperms carry ‘epigenetic’ marks the determine how a child’s cells develop, according to researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Their research comes after a study showed that sons of Union...

Trauma Treatment with Impossible Cases: The Undercurrents Technique

W hat causes traumatized children and families to get stuck and unable to move forward? How can we change the outcome of impossible cases? Over a 30-year career in mental health, I’ve set forth to answer these questions. I know I’m not alone. I often hear in my workshops and webinars that impossible trauma cases are commonplace and challenge even the most experienced trauma therapists. After eight years of research in 15 states with more than 1,000 families, we developed the FST | Family...

Housing, education leaders cut ribbon on innovative affordable housing model [Atlanta DayBook]

A diverse group of community leaders unveil another education + affordable housing 'win'. Pictured, from left, Brandon Riddick-Seals, Interim CEO, Atlanta Housing; Tammie Workman, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, Atlanta Public Schools; Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta; Marjy Stagmeier, Partner, TriStar Real Estate Investment; Anyeé D. Payne, Principal, Cleveland Avenue Elementary School; Audrea Rease, Executive Director, Star-C; and Duncan Gibbs, also of...

British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons [smithsonianmag.com]

An ambitious initiative unveiled this week by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock may soon enable the country’s doctors to prescribe therapeutic art- or hobby-based treatments for ailments ranging from dementia to psychosis, lung conditions and mental health issues. Writing for the Times , Kat Lay explains that this unconventional strategy, described by the U.K. government as “social prescribing,” could find patients enrolled in dance classes and singing lessons, or perhaps enjoying a...

Announcing: New Trauma-Sensitive Schools Book

I’m delighted to share that my new book Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students will be released in early 2019 and is now available for pre-order from Brookes Publishing. This book is really about one word — hope. It’s about cultivating hope for all students, including the many who have been affected by childhood trauma. And, it’s also about kindling hope for educators who want to make a positive difference, but may...

Diverting the School to Prison Pipeline Through School Connectedness

What if the we could stifle the School to Prison Pipeline by simply creating a culture of belonging and inclusion in elementary school? The need for caring classrooms that promote a sense of connectedness and belonging is essential and must begin the day a child begins their educational experience. In many, not all, underserved communities, minority students are being taught by less experienced teachers who have emanated from culturally and economically incongruent backgrounds. Furthermore,...

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis? [NPR.org]

Researchers followed a group of kids from childhood into adulthood to track the link between trauma in early life and adult mental health. fzant/Getty Images When public health officials get wind of an outbreak of Hepatitis A or influenza, they spring into action with public awareness campaigns, monitoring and outreach. But should they be acting with equal urgency when it comes to childhood trauma? A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests the answer...

ACEs Webinar: Jim Sporleder on Trauma-informed Schools

To join this webinar, register here . Trauma-informed schools: a conversation with Jim Sporleder, former principal of Lincoln High School, featured in the documentary Paper Tigers Date: Monday, November 19, 2018 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm PDT /6:00-7:00 pm EDT Jim will answer some prepared questions followed by an open question and answer period with participants. Topics that Jim will discuss include: How do you increase staff and community buy in for a trauma-informed school? How do you determine...

ACEs Connection Communities: November 2018

As promised, here is the monthly update about the growing numbers of ACEs Connection members and geographic, interest-based, organizational, and international communities. Total Number of ACEs Connection Communities: 160 Link to All Communities Types of Communities Geographic: 109 Interest-Based: 28 Organizational: 16 International: 7 Newest Communities Douglas County (WI) Fostering Futures Douglas County Fostering Futures supports and advances trauma informed principles by enhancing efforts...

The Relentless School Nurse: Using the Power of Social Media to Create Change

Twitter has opened up a world of possibility to build a network of colleagues across sectors. After Parkland I became much more outspoken on social media about the issue of gun violence as a public health crisis. In my social media activism, I connected with a group of physicians who were also speaking out about gun violence prevention. I am honored to have been asked to write a blog from the perspective of a school nurse on the impact of gun violence in school for AFFIRM Research. Here is a...

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