Montana: 30% of MT children have had adverse childhood experiences; CDC says it affects health

Feb 1, 2018, Ennis, MT, Madisonian News: What is your ACE score? Countywide school board meeting teaches how adverse childhood experience play into overall health The crux of the meeting was spent learning about adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. A study conducted in the 1980s discovered that children who were exposed to traumatic events during their first 18 years were more likely to develop mental and behavioral health problems. ACE scores are determined through an evaluation of 10 types of childhood trauma – five center around personal trauma, such as physical, verbal and sexual abuse and neglect. The remaining five are related to other family members: an alcoholic parent, mental illness within the family, divorce or death. Each type of trauma counts as one point toward your final ACE score. The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control, determined that such experiences can create a toxic level of stress and disrupt brain development, which leads to disease, mental illness and even death. “We are among the top states in the nation with children (0-17) with the highest ACE scores,” said Katherine Buckely-Patton, with the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council. “On average, 22 percent of children in the United States have two or more ACEs while Montana’s children ranking is higher at 30 percent.”… Buckley-Patton provided information on training videos and courses to help teachers, administrators and trustees learn more about ACE scores and how to lower toxic stress levels at school. If you would like to learn more about ACEs, contact the Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory. “It’s so important to learn about ACEs, resilience and the remarkable impact one caring adult can make in a child’s present and future,” Buckely-Patton said.