Adverse Childhood Experiences
A growing body of research finds that childhood traumas causing toxic levels of stress before age 18 are common. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are linked to poor physical and mental health, chronic disease, lower educational achievement, lower economic success, and impaired social success in adulthood. Snohomish Health District published a report on the local
impact of ACEs in 2011 (PDF).
Poor health outcomes don’t have to be the end of the story. There is increasing understanding about resilience and what families, communities, and systems can do to protect children and support adults with ACEs. Resilience is a positive way of dealing with significant hardships.
Professionals can help families affected by ACEs by learning about resilience and reduction strategies.
Snohomish Health District has developed a brochure to help educate families on ACEs. Making Changes Today Can Improve A Child's Tomorrow (PDF)
Resilience is the ability to adjust or “bounce back” after something bad has happened.
There are three core elements proven to increase resilience and protect children from the long-term effects of childhood adversity:
- Nurturing relationships
- Opportunities to develop one’s abilities
- Connections to a supportive group
The Everett Public Library has compiled a children’s book list of 31 titles that demonstrate resilience. Organized by age group—Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers—the list provides a brief description to help you and your child find the right fit.
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Reading to your child can support a nurturing relationship that can last a lifetime, and the books provide the opportunity to teach children how to talk about and manage their emotions to develop resiliency.