Traumatic childhood experiences linked to education and health problems

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Medford Ore.– Scientific research shows traumatic childhood experiences can lead to mental and even physical health issues in adult life.

That’s information coming from Aces Too High, an organization that advocates for trauma-informed approaches to education.

An ACE, or adverse childhood experience ranges from things like coming from a broken home, abuse, and other household dysfunctions.

Dr. Chris Blodgett of Aces Too High and former State Representative Peter Buckley say these types of troubling experiences can immediately effect a young child’s education, leading to further problems down the road.

“You could be between¬†four and 12 times more likely to have depression, to have made a suicide attempt, to have an axienty disorder to be involved in substances,” says Dr. Blodgett.

“Try to make sure that those kids get the kind of counseling and the resources that they need to try to have a successful life,” explains Buckley.

In coordination with Southern Oregon Success, right now all schools in Jackson and Josephine counties, along with some local law enforcement are using portions of the research to better understand and assess troubled youths.

For more information on the study visit www.acestoohigh.com

 

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