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Tempe, AZ: District teachers are trained in childhood trauma; 'today's kids are wired differently'

Mar 12, 2018, CBS5 Tempe, AZ: Childhood trauma changes the way kids' brains are wired causing lasting health issues http://www.azfamily.com/story/37704057/childhood-trauma-changes-the-way-kids-brains-are-wired-causing-lasting-health-issues Childhood trauma can re-wire kids’ brains according to experts. In their Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research study, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that there is a significant relationship between toxic stress in a child’s life, their future overall health and their ability to focus in school. The ACE study has conducted a list of 10 experiences that can cause trauma for a child including children living with physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; emotional or physical neglect; drug use or mental illness in a parent; a family member being incarcerated; witnessing their mom being abused; and divorced parents. ...

“What the research showed us is that there’s a powerful relationship between early experiences, adverse experiences in early childhood, and the healthy development of our brains and our bodies,” said Lori Robinson, a trauma-informed services trainer for CARE 7. “The way that looks in our children’s lives is that when they’re exposed to too much stress over and over, unfortunately, it makes it very difficult for them to focus, to pay attention, to engage in the learning environment.” The issue of toxic stress in children received national attention when Oprah Winfrey reported it to 60 Minutes. … According to Perry, “[kids are being wired] differently and typically in a way that makes you more vulnerable. Kids who grow up like that have much higher rates of risk for mental health problems, much higher rates of risk for doing poorly in school, [for just functioning in the world].” The first step to helping solve the problem? Informing the public on how to handle a child who is showing behavior that could stem from trauma. … CARE 7 has also been training teachers at the Tempe Union High School District about childhood trauma and how that affects their behavior. Their goal is to challenge teachers to shift their perspective and ask “what is going on underneath behavior?” …