How Do You Tackle High ACEs in Young Children?

This is one I thought teachers especially might find thought-provoking, but it could equally help parents and anyone with a high ACE score.

Those of you who have read my Healing Plan and/or the ACE and Trauma-Triggered Illness Factsheet will know that ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Events and that they can have a major impact on health in later life.  The statistics are simply shattering – do read the factsheet if you haven’t already.

And by the way, this is not just about childhood, it applies to later-life events too. Plus, ‘trauma’ can mean anything from abuse to being humiliated or bullied, so it has quite a wide-ranging interpretation. I say that because many people say they haven’t had any trauma but when they do the ACE questionnaire, their score is higher than they thought it would be.

Anyway, back to this article I read today:

Early childhood educators learn new ways to spot trauma triggers, build resiliency in preschoolers

It’s is a fascinating look at how educators are training teachers about the ACE issue, how to spot behaviours that might imply a problem and some ideas of how to make that child feel safe.

I wish someone had taught my teachers when I was at school! I can see now some of my behaviours were so indicative of not feeling safe. It’s a subject that is gaining more and more traction and so it should. If we can make a child feel like they have just one safe person at school or in their home life, research suggests it would allay an awful lot of suffering at the time and in the future.

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