Watch the video below:
1. Watch the TED Talk from this week’s Learning Resources given by Dr. Nadine
Burke Harris regarding ACES-adverse childhood experiences entititled How
Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime.
2. Write a essay answering the following questions:
a. How does exposure to early exposure to adversity affect the developing
brains and bodies of children?
b. What are health concerns pertaining to ACES?
c. Why is it important to develop programs to support children at risk for ACES?
What happens to a person in early childhood can have a lifetime impact. Research on adverse childhood experiences underscores the importance of addressing and preventive the effect of early adversity on children and families. Examples of early adversity include child abuse and neglect, exposure to violence, and family economic hardships. Early adversity can lead to a variety of short-and long-term negative health effects. It can disrupt early brain development and compromise functioning of the nervous and immune systems. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and other problems. Adults with more adverse experiences in early childhood are also more likely to have health problems, including alcoholism, depression, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.