Adverse Childhood Experiences: Can We Make a Difference?

We have learned a lot in recent years about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individual people and the community as a whole.  You can access valuable information here about what ACEs are and how Tennessee educators, caregivers, medical professionals, social workers and mental healthcare providers are working together with families to better understand the effects of ACEs on brain development and reverse negative effects on children. 

https://www.tn.gov/dcs/program-areas/child-health/aces.html

The information can be overwhelming and Baby University wants to be a partner in walking with families as they sort through the facts.  Adverse experiences, such as poverty, trauma & chronic stress,  due to hunger, violence and other situations , do have negative effects on children's brain development, make no mistake.  However, parents can take control of reversing those effects in their children's lives and we are researching ways to enable families and arm them with the best strategies.  

The City of Boston, MA has created a specific plan to empower parents through a program called THE BASICS.  Every organization in the community has come together to share the same evidence-based strategies that any parent, grandparent or caregiver can use with children to counteract the effects of ACEs. The BASICS are the following:  1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress  2. Talk, Sing & Point  3. Count, Group & Compare  4. Explore through Movement & Play  5. Read & Discuss Stories. The City of Boston's campaign to reach all families with the BASICS message include instructional videos and local discussion groups to share the most effective ways to use these strategies in the home and community.

Baby University will be exploring ways to share this valuable information with our community over the next year.  Look for ways to share the message with us!