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What are ACES?

The term ACEs is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences created from groundbreaking study conducted in 1995 by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Permanente health care organization in California.  From the study, ACEs referred to experiences that include various forms of abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, and exposure to harmful environments such as domestic violence, substance abuse, or parental mental illness.

 

The key findings of ACEs studies show the following:

  • ACEs are quite common, even among a middle-class population.  More than two-thirds of the population report experiencing one ACE, and nearly a quarter have experienced three or more. 

  • There is a powerful, constant correlation between the more ACEs experienced and the greater the chance of poor outcomes later in life, including dramatically increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, substance abuse, smoking, poor academic achievement, time out of work, and early death.  

Understanding ACEs is vital because research has shown a significant link between childhood adversity and long-term negative health outcomes.  The study revealed the profound impact ACEs can have on an individual's physical and mental well-being later in life.  By recognizing the effects of ACEs and identifying them early on especially in children, we can work towards creating supportive environments and providing appropriate interventions to mitigate the consequences of childhood trauma.

HOW CAN THIS INFORMATION HELP CHILDREN?

Knowledge is power.  By understanding ACEs and the impact they have on an individual's path of life, we can take proactive steps to protect and support children in their healing and growth.  By recognizing and identifying ACEs, we can establish trauma-informed interventions helping to prevent further harm and providing appropriate support to children who have experienced adversity.

Research underscores the urgency of preventing ACEs to safeguard children from early trauma.  When children do face adverse experiences, our awareness of ACEs equips us with the insights needed to implement trauma-informed practices and interventions that can mitigate the negative effects of childhood trauma.  By prioritizing safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments, we can create a foundation for children to heal, learn, and thrive.

How the App Can Be Used as a Screening Tool

The ACEs App serves as a powerful tool for screening and assessment. With its user-friendly interface, healthcare professionals, educators, and other providers can utilize the app to administer the ACEs questionnaire efficiently. By assessing an individual's ACEs score, professionals gain valuable insights into the individual's exposure to childhood adversity, allowing for personalized support and intervention strategies.

The app streamlines the process of collecting and securely storing ACEs data, ensuring compliance with privacy and confidentiality standards. It also offers the convenience of easy access to the recorded information for billing, coding, and recording purposes, supporting efficient and accurate documentation.

By utilizing the ACEs App as a screening tool, educators and healthcare professionals and providers can identify individuals who may be at higher risk for mental and physical health issues associated with ACEs. This knowledge empowers those professionals to deliver targeted interventions, implement trauma-informed care practices, and connect individuals with appropriate resources in their community.

We are committed to fostering resilience, empowering individuals, and creating a society that understands and supports those affected by ACEs. Join us on this journey towards healing, awareness, and positive change.

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