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ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES)

 

 

Difficult, stressful events early in life can make a dramatic impact on a student’s future.  Such occurrences are referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  

Our district has invested in educating ourselves on the impact of ACEs as they can influence student behavior & achievement.   

ACEs can appear in the classroom through student behavior.  It is not uncommon for teachers to tell parents their child seems to be in a daze, not paying attention.  

Many of these students are mislabeled as having ADHD because children affected by adverse experiences may be impulsive, act out with anger or other strong emotions.   

A common outcome from trauma is difficulty in regulating emotions.  This is what can cause students to become disruptive in the classroom, resulting in a counselor or principal referral.  

Understanding this can be of benefit for caregivers & staff.  

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