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The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) with Crittenton Services, Inc.
Join us to learn about the impact that toxic stress and trauma have on a child’s development and how we as a community can help create safe, nurturing environments where children can thrive.
“Our earliest experiences as children are critical in shaping who we become as adults. Positive experiences in childhood can build a strong foundation for learning, strengthen brain development and help us be healthier. A growing body of research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma have a profound impact and can be a stumbling block to our health and well-being.
When negative experiences outweigh positive experiences, it can lead to a physiological response in our bodies, which increases risks of many health issues. The good news is that research also confirms that the presence of protective factors can buffer the impact of ACEs, so that adversity in childhood does not need to remain a stumbling block, but can be transformed into a stepping stone for a healthy, successful life.
There are linkages between high ACE scores and common contemporary health problems facing West Virginians, including the ongoing opioid epidemic. However, there are effective strategies and protective factors that help prevent childhood adversity and build resilience for those who have experienced trauma.”
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