* * NOWHERE TO HIDE * * Andre’s Fear; What are “Adverse Childhood Experiences”?

Sometimes Andre’s bi-polar uncle rages and screams threats and beats Andre’s mother.   He’s abused her since childhood.   She drinks a little too much to try to forget.  Other times when his uncle is depressed, he scares Andre to tears by trying to kill himself.  Meanwhile, Andre’s father has been “away” 4 years.

Andre has at least three ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) . . . at the age of seven.    Chronic, intergenerational trauma.

Trauma during childhood, or Developmental Trauma can be defined as a response of overwhelming, helplessness or fear to a painful or shocking event, or to chronic, toxic stress, including ACEs (adverse childhood experiences).

ACEs include physical, emotional and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect, a missing parent (due to separation, divorce, incarceration, death), witnessing household substance abuse, violence, or mental illness and more.

Trauma during development is especially heinous.

Some adults normalize the pain and fear of the injured child, thinking “they’ll get over it.”  It’s actually the opposite.  Young children have fewer coping mechanisms and their immature brains are still developing.  The impacts of trauma are actually  greater on the still-developing brain.

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ACE-impacted kids are more common than seasonal allergy sufferers.

Two out of 3 children have at least one ACE.  Experts call it an ‘epidemic’, a ‘crisis.   Public health research points to early death by as much as 20 years.  

 

The CDC found that about one-fourth of the middle class, mostly white, college educated, working folks with medical insurance had THREE or more ACEs even in beautiful suburban San Diego!

 

Three or more ACEs is significant because it correlates with doubled risk of depression, adolescent pregnancy, lung disease, and liver disease. It triples the risk of alcoholism and STDs.  There is a 5X increase in attempted suicide.

 

 

Trauma-Informed adults CAN make a difference.
Get Informed.  Click on the links below.

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Informed already?  Then, please “share” the blogpost.  Help grow awareness of this secret epidemic destroying childhoods.

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Center for Disease Control-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study   HERE

What are ACEs?                                                                                   CLICK HERE

How prevalent are ACEs ?                                                              CLICK HERE

Calculate your own ACE score                                                   CLICK HERE

 

ACE Study Overview from the Producer of Paper Tigers film  (five minute Vimeo video)    CLICK HERE

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Look for other parts of this series “Nowhere to Hide” on LucidWitness.com  for more information.

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   “Nowhere to Hide” series overview

                                 click HERE
Photo © Daun Kauffman

 

 

 

                   “Nowhere to Hide” series links

Each separate, individual article in the series focuses on a single component of the workings of developmental trauma, via real life examples in short “60 second” soundbites, akin to “Public Service Announcements” (PSAs).  They are designed for sharing in social media networks to grow public awareness.

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Trigger warning: 

the children’s experiences in the vignettes are unvarnished.  Their traumatic responses may trigger painful memories.

 

Nowhere to Hide:  Maria; Fight, flight or freeze

Photo © Daun Kauffman

Nowhere to Hide:  Andre’s Fear; What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

Photo © Daun Kauffman

Nowhere to Hide:  Jamar’s Hyper-arousal 

Photo © Daun Kauffman

Nowhere to Hide:  Roberto’s Dissociation 

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Nowhere to Hide:  Danny’s Memory

Photo © Daun Kauffman

Nowhere to Hide:  Ashley’s “Normal” Education?   Part 1

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Nowhere to Hide:  Ashley’s “Normal” Education?   Part 2

Photo © Daun Kauffman

More to come

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“Like” us at  “Trauma-Informed Pedagogy” on Facebook

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Please share a PSA link to help grow public awareness of the impacts of developmental trauma. There are so many of us who’ve never heard of the overpowering life-long impacts.

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“Peek Inside a Classroom” series overview

The second original series, “Peek Inside a Classroom”, provides much more detailed looks inside my classroom, primarily focused on specific students: Jasmine, Danny and José.

Other children are captured in broader looks at education reform concepts: “Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm?” and “Effective Education Reform”, co-authored with Sandra L. Bloom, M. D..

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“Peek Inside a Classroom” series links

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Peek Inside a Classroom:  Jasmine

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Peek Inside a Classroom:  Danny

Photo © Daun Kauffman

Peek Inside a Classroom: José

belseykurns: Pixabay public domain
belseykurns: Pixabay public domain

Peek Inside a Classroom:  Failing Schools or Failing Paradigm?

Peek Inside a Classroom:  Effective Education Reform (with Sandra Bloom, M.D.)

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“Click for Resources…”  series overview:

“Click for Resources”  posts are the theory and research behind the narrative posts in  “Nowhere to Hide” and “Peek Inside a Classroom”.

Each post in “Click for Resources “ is divided in three parts:

1) general press articles,

2) Research Journals or academic papers

3) social media, often with video.

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“Click for Resources” series links:

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1.   Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Studies:   CLICK HERE

 2.  Impacts of Childhood Trauma: Overview               CLICK HERE

Click for Resources: Social Media on Impacts of Childhood Trauma

Click for Resources: Journal Articles on Impacts of Developmental Trauma

 3.   Trauma-Informed Schools                                               CLICK HERE

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 4.  Trauma-Informed Social Services                                CLICK HERE 

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 5.   Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice                             CLICK HERE

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 6.  Trauma-Informed Public Policy                                   CLICK HERE

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 7.  Childhood Trauma Training and Tools                     CLICK HERE

the concept of learning

 8.  Book and Publication selections                                CLICK HERE

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9.   #800 phone numbers                                                         CLICK HERE

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Developmental trauma,  still “the elephant in the  [class] room”  for many adults.

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