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Park Rapids, MN: High school holds summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences

Feb 16, 2019, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise: Park Rapids hosts first-ever ACEs Summit https://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/news/4571813-park-rapids-hosts-first-ever-aces-summit An Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit was held Wednesday at the Park Rapids Area High School. ACEs are stressful or traumatic events that are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person's lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse and violence. An ACTION Park Rapids Area committee coordinated the community event in an effort to bring more education and awareness. The day-long summit included presentations from national, regional and local experts…. Toxic stress in a child's life that is continuous and prolonged causes pain. "We need a mindset on how we approach our kids so we don't miss the pain because when we know there's pain, we can help these kids," he said. Instead of "reacting and telling," adults should "ask and respond." Questions like, "What's going on?," "What caused that?" Responses like, "I'm sorry" or "I didn't know that." …

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