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Trauma and Its Impact on Children and Their Families
In recent years the impact of trauma and toxic stress across the life course has been well documented with input from scientists in the fields of neuroscience, genetics, immunology, psychology and epidemiology.
Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to individual traumatic events, but even more so to chronic or toxic stress, which impacts physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. The developmental impact in turn effects health and mental health outcomes throughout the life course.
Understanding Child Trauma
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released an infographic that summarizes information about trauma and its impact on children.
A user friendly tool developed by the Washtenaw Trauma Informed Collaborative:
Trauma Basics - Self-Learning Units
The following self learning units contain introductory information about early brain development, trauma, its impact, ways to lessen negative outcomes and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The units contain links to presentations/materials from national experts and are designed for individual online learning. The materials are suitable for professional and non-professional audiences. Each unit takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Young Children, Trauma and Toxic Stress - Presentation Tool Kit
Being Trauma Informed & Responsive - Presentation Tool Kit