Minnesota Public Radio has a monthly broadcast called the “Westminster Town Hall Forum” where they bring a speaker/author/expert in to talk about a topic and inform listeners.

Recently, they brought in Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, expert on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). They just broadcast her speech today.

If you want a GREAT listen on the myriad of ways childhood stress affects children (in school AND long-term!), outcomes of that stress, and why we NEED to start dealing with it and screening children for it, PLEASE listen to her speech!!!

She’s GREAT. She knows this stuff and wrote a book on it.(see the NPR link below).

ACEs, like poverty and abuse, can be generational. To treat them effectively we *need* to work them from multiple angles (Trauma-Informed care, Early Intervention, Wraparound/Family Services, etc). Dr. Harris’s speech is an excellent breakdown of the “what” but even more so, it’s a great explainer for the “WHY’s”.

High ACE scores have the potential to harm a child for their whole life, if we don’t mitigate the traumas.

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They can even shorten lives.

Too many people have never heard the term ACEs—and they really should know💖

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Here’s the link to Stress-Health.org, the website she refers to at the end of the Q&A.