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.