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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) appear in many forms and can affect brain development, behavior, and learning. They convey life-long implications for health. Childhood trauma is not something you just “get over” as you grow up. The repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and family members struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. These effects unfold across a lifetime, exposing those who have experienced high levels of trauma to the risk of chronic physical health issues, depression, and other mental health struggles.


• Articulate the importance of ACEs in the lives of students and families.
• Demonstrate use of the ACEs Questionnaire to determine personal ACEs scores.
• Identify appropriate resources to connect providers to local referrals for mental/emotional/ physical health issues.

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