Your ACES Score and More from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris – The Bear

Now What?  You Have Your ACES or Your Child’s ACES Score now what?

Briefly, according to Dr. Burke Harris, CEO Center for Youth Wellness, the higher your ACES score, the more likely are the chances are to developing chronic health diseases.  Dr. Burke Harris discussed the function of the brain and adversity. Her analogy of the “bear” provides insight into the development of children’s brains – maladaptive development v. healthy adaptive development of children.  Her presentation delivers data that cross races, class, and gender and the outcomes of the ACES scores.

In many school settings, educators spend greater than 50 percent of their time managing behavior.  Children with maladaptive behavior are those who go through childhood trauma such as physical, psychological, sexual maltreatment, domestic violence, etc., experience damaged brains caused by the stresses they have at home.  These stresses are more accurately defined as coping mechanisms.

A brief bit of history 

Before 1988, and the research of Fred Turner, who stated, ” Americans today inhabit a post-traumatic world fragmented, conflicted narratives each true to a degree and in part false” as stated by, Sandra Bloom, MD., Temple University Health Management and Policy.  She also describes the traumatic past of the human species. She presented data such as in the 20th century 980 million people were killed by other people, the century referred to as the Mega-death century.  Her discussion further addresses epic genetics or ” What Society Does to Its’ Children Its’ Children will do to society”.  What is passed on to our children is passed on generationally.  Consistent with the science of childhood adversities and the impact on learning and behavior.

Today, we have failing schools not because children cannot learn or are behavioral problems, or teacher cannot teach, or policy makers can no longer effect policy, what we are experiencing is a result of “Blind Spots”, where judges were trained not to hear, physicians schooled not to see, psychiatrists encouraged not to believe. “Instrumentation of social scientists calibrated to fill out an insistent static of post-traumatic pain’ Bloom”, 2013.  We are a product of the post-trauma pains of our past.  Science is catching up with society and the ills and pains of our past.

Your ACES Score and Your Child ACES Score

It does not matter your zip code, your race, your class or caste, or what school(s) you attended, your ACES score is a result of childhood trauma or childhood experiences from a divorce, death, abandonment, incarceration of a parent, neglect, abuse, etc,.  Dr. Nadine Burke Harris‘ Center for Youth Wellness conducted its’ own data research where the mean age of the participant was 8 years old.  Center for Youth Wellness studied 702 children, and the results were:

Score:                                                           0 ACES                      4+ ACES                     Learning/Behavior Disabilities                       3 %                              51.2%

Of the 702 participants 32.6 percent were as likely to have Learning or Behavioral Disabilities Children with 4 or more ACES score.

Adversity must be acknowledged as a public health issue and knowledge across race and class.  She provides detailed information on the communities in California and what actions they are taking and programs implemented to address Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Please take the time to view Dr. Burke Harris YouTube video to understand your role in overcoming this number one public health crisis in the United States.


10 thoughts on “Your ACES Score and More from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris – The Bear

  1. Sonjia Joseph says:

    I do classes with my teachers and even telling my friends about aces. I have been doing it for the past two years. It is enlightening and will help teacher better serve the children they work with.

    1. Dr. MABL says:

      Sonjia, I would like to offer my services to do an ACES class with the parents of your students. Please let me know if you are interested.

  2. Sheila Ealey says:

    There is so much to brain health we know and yet we don’t know. This is a brief article that explains quite a bit. Having a child with brain damage and working with others who don’t respond to black label drugs, MRIs can be useful as well as brain mapping. More can be done by using a holistic approach to health and education than labels and prescription drugs without proper support.
    There are doctors and researchers now advocating for a scientific approach. I am a proponent of it just as I am of autism being reclassified as neurological damage rather than a mental health disorder. These children are physically ill and brain damaged. It will come and it begins by having conversations like this one. Thanks, Mary!

    1. Dr. MABL says:

      Sheila thanks for your information and sharing the links.

  3. Wanda says:

    Thanks for this Mary Anne. My daughter who is now an adult suffered several ACE’s and has adverse health situations to go along with it, number one being morbid obesity and learning disabilities. It’s really sad that this does not get much attention until now. I think more kids should have had psychological counseling instead of Ritalin, but in our busy society medication was the fastest means to an end.

    1. Wanda says:

      Awaiting your reply

  4. Wanda says:

    Why do you think more mri’s are needed? I can see in cases of abuse or sports injuries, i.e. Concussions. In fact, my daughter had 2concussions in her life playing basketball and football in grade and high school. She is on antidepressant medication and really can’t do without it

  5. Wanda says:

    Hmmm interesting. Thanks. I don’t practice anymore from disability from advanced breast cancer treatment so I’m way out of the loop. Thanks for drawing me in

    1. Dr. MABL says:

      While I realize you do not actively practice due to your health conditions, you still have a voice and an adult child for whom you can at best participant in these discussions, share your knowledge and share information with your doctors as well as your colleagues.

      1. Dr. MABL says:

        Wanda please complete the bubble so that you will become a subscriber to my blog and I will forward the ACES form to you.

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