By Katie Lear, Moms, February 28, 2020
Parents, teachers, and other professionals, who work with kids are increasingly aware of the impact trauma has on children's health. When you think of trauma, you might imagine an extreme scenario, like war or violent crime that primarily impacts adults. In reality, there are many forms of trauma, that regularly affect children, and the effects of trauma in childhood can be lifelong.
One groundbreaking study by the CDC, called the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, interviewed 17,000 adults about their childhood and assigned them a score based on how many traumatic experiences they had, before the age of 18. The study found that individuals with high ACE scores, can have lasting problems not just with mental health, but in many other areas of life. In this article I'll be exploring how a child's ACE score can affect their well-being, and what parents can do to reduce the risk.