At Lakeside, we are strong advocates for creating child-safe environments in homes, schools and communities. Evidence shows that children who grow up in emotionally and relationally safe environments are more likely to be healthier. However, it is also a fact that children who have certain protective factors are more resilient to adverse situations.
Our discussion surrounding the impact of trauma to children should include the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and its groundbreaking research related to trauma. The ACE Study correlates a variety of adverse childhood events to the overall health and well-being of adults. The results are almost shocking.
We may wonder if every adverse event is traumatizing, but that is not the case. A potentially traumatizing event can evoke grief rather than trauma, wherein the inciting event can be traumatizing but the child or adult recovers spontaneously, in a fairly short period of time, leaving little or no emotional or brain related scars. […]