adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) research
Resources that provide Basic Information about ACEs:
- Original ACEs research was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control. CDC's ACEs website has essential introductory materials for the research project.
- Download a copy of Strong Communities Raise Strong Kids, a PowerPoint presentation that gives a good overview of the ACEs research.
- Download a copy of ACE Reduction and Resiliency Promotion, a pdf file prepared by the Washington State Family Policy Council. The material includes information specific to Washington State.
- Yes, Wikipedia has a good overview of the ACEs Study.
- View the video First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and the Child's Developing Brain, produced by Children Without a Voice in cooperation with the California Attorney General's office.
- Here's an excellent, succinct TED-Talk on ACEs research by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris.
- Interested in learning your own ACEs score? Here's a good site for taking the ACEs test with an explanation about how to interpret the results.
Resources for Current Research and Applications
- ACEs Connection is a website for practitioners and laymen that is updated daily. You can also subscribe to a email newsletter at this site.
- The Community Resilience Cookbook is a website run by Dr. Robert Anda, one of the original ACEs researchers. Under "Tastes of Success," you can read about an ACEs application in Walla Walla's Lincoln alternative high school.
- The Spokane School District conducted its own ACEs study and essentially replicated the findings. Now they're training Head Start teachers, elementary teachers and parents in recognizing and working with trauma-impaired students.
- Spokane Public Health Nurses have created 123 Care Kit for infant and child care-givers. The Tool Kit provides information and support for preventing trauma and working with children who have experienced trauma.
- Kansas City Schools are developing trauma-sensitive elementary schools.
- Download a copy of a report on ACEs research in the Florida State Juvenile Justice system.
- Link to the State of Maine Resilience Building Network for news about this statewide effort to build resilient youth.