Toxic stress in children has health effects that can last into adulthood — and beyond

This article was originally published by Journalist’s Resource. In the past decade, researchers have pinpointed a phenomenon in children who have experienced adversity or trauma that can have negative health effects that extend well into adulthood. They call it “toxic stress.” Toxic stress goes beyond a healthy or tolerable stress response. It is characterized by […]

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Experts note connection between adverse childhood experiences, mass shooters

This article was originally published by La Crosse Tribune In the aftermath of the recent trio of gun massacres in the United States, social workers, psychologists and researchers in La Crosse and nationwide are calling attention to the effects of adverse childhood experiences, trauma in their formative years appearing to be a commonality among many […]

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How Adults Can Spot Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children

This article was originally published by Tapinto New Brunswick. A recent report by the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers University showed a rise in suicide attempts by pre-teens over the past 18 months —  a trend that has been seen across the nation. “This illustrates the need for people who encounter children regularly to be aware […]

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‘Nobody Learns It in a Day’: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

This article was originally published by Education Week. Bethlehem, N.H. There’s never been a clearer scientific picture of the ways damaging experiences and intense, chronic stress can hurt a child’s ability to learn in school. But for many schools, the picture of what trauma-sensitive schooling looks like in practice is still developing. “We’re in an […]

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Rural children more than twice as likely to be homeless in Michigan

This article was originally published in Bridge Magazine. There could be more than 15,000 homeless children ages 4 or younger in Michigan, with more than one in 10 in several rural counties lacking stable housing. That’s the conclusion of a sobering new report that tries to quantify the number of homeless children in the state, and describes […]

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