What is trauma?  

Trauma are experiences or events that occur during one’s life cause extreme amounts of stress and that are emotionally distressing.  In children, traumatic events are also called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). 

ACEs can include physical, sexual and emotional abuse, physical and emotional neglect, witnesses of domestic violence, drug use in the household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce and an incarcerated household member. 

 

How does trauma affect children? 

According to a study by the CDC, a child who has experience one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can be at a much greater risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, slow brain growth, tobacco use, prescription drug use and risk of early use of alcohol. 

Research has also found that children who experience multiple ACES are at a higher risk of suicide attempts, depression, sleep disturbances, high-risk sexual behaviors and fetal mortality.  

 

But, we can help! 

Research has also shown that the sooner that children receive services to process their traumatic experience, the healthier their futures are. In fact, we now know that our brains are constantly changing even through adulthood through neuroplasticity and resiliency. 

 

 

So, what should you do if you or child has experienced a traumatic event? 

Reach out for help! Click here to go to our resources page for local community services.