If You Could Make a Difference, Would You?
I recently learned about a new term in regard to resiliency. It's called your ACE number. ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. So, what is an Adverse Childhood Experience? There's a survey that's been developed that helps you find your ACE Number. There are 10 questions on the survey and if you answered yes, that means you add a point to your ACE score. Click here to determine your ACE score.
When this survey was provided to groups of professionals and allowed to be completed anonymously, almost everyone had at least a score of one and many scored much higher.
A 2014 study by Child Trend found that: More than half of adolescents have had at least one adverse childhood experience.
One in ten experienced four or more.
Just over 40% demonstrated negative behaviors outwardly such as arguing too much and bullying or being cruel to others.
So what does that mean to our communities? Please watch this video “...AN ENGROSSING STUDY OF HOW ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (OR ACES) CAN BE LINKED TO DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR AND MEDICAL DISEASES”–Matt Fagerholm ROGEREBERT.COM
I believe that if we are going to break the cycle, we must be intentional in how we approach solutions. That means we need a plan, a way to coordinate our attack on this problem. According to a study by Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Vince Felitti, your ACE score links childhood trauma with many adult diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.) and health issues including social and emotional problems. It measures 10 types of childhood trauma and determines those who may be at higher risk of poor mental and health outcomes as an adult.
What the Hell is In that Well? Click Here for the Video Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, The Greater Coalition of Wichita County is inviting us to join in the fight against Adverse Childhood Experiences. This event features Features Guest Speaker LAURA PORTER and is open to all surrounding counties. Laura is an expert in helping leaders use Adverse Childhood Experience concepts to build self-healing communities. So if you are a community leader, pastor, educator, county or city official, law enforcement member, medical field member, and you are serious about making a difference, please join me in this important meeting from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Grace Church. 5214 Stone Lake Drive, Wichita Falls.