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Washington Post: Teachers viewing "behavior issues" as linked to trauma at home

Oct 19, 2017, Washington Post: Almost half of D.C. children have suffered a traumatic experience, according to federal survey https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/2017/10/19/f6e2f5da-b372-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.5e9ff72308c6 In the District, 47 percent of children and teens have experienced a traumatic event, such as the death or incarceration of a parent, witnessing or being a victim of violence, or living with someone who has been suicidal or who has a drug or alcohol problem, according to new federal data. In Maryland and in Virginia, the rate was 41 percent. The findings come from state-by-state survey data released Thursday from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, which aims to take a first-ever real-time look at the rate of children affected by adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.


About 1 in 5 — 22 percent — of children nationwide have had two or more adverse experiences, ...


In pediatrics, a growing number of doctors are collecting children’s social histories along with their medical histories, and they are seeking to treat root problems, not just symptoms, by offering referrals to social services. In public education, more teachers are viewing academic or behavioral issues through a trauma lens, to see if there is a root problem that is causing children to withdraw or to act out. ...