Much of the mental health community’s knowledge about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is based on studies of adults. However, new scientific discoveries are showing that traumatic events can have a profound impact on the developing brains of children. We know that a significant number of children in and around Charlottesville are exposed to traumatic life events. A traumatic event is one that threatens injury, death, or the physical integrity of self or others and also causes horror, terror, or helplessness at the time it occurs. More than two thirds of children report experiencing a traumatic event by age 16. As the intersection of children and trauma continues to be researched, the trauma counselors at ReadyKids suggest parents and caregivers refer to these trauma informed resources.
The term “ACEs” is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Recent science shows that certain childhood experiences affect a child’s healthy development. Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequence of toxic stress.
Resources that help caregivers and families understand trauma and its impact, as well as learn how to better support traumatized children and youth in their care.
Parenting resources based on emotional regulation and connection, categorized by developmental ages and stages.
Free, multilingual downloads of Child Mind Institute resources to help communities in the wake of tragic events.
Parents and caregivers play an essential role in helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. These resources are for parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens.
A video featuring short clips and examples that show how healing can happen through connection.