What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma - by Corey Tuner, NPR
By Alfonso Ramirez, Tigard High School Trauma Informed Specialist Coordinator
Here is an excellent article that describes the prevalence and impact of childhood adversity on health related outcomes and learning. A great read for parents, teachers and anyone who interacts with children. Click on the link at the bottom of the page for the full article.
Here's an excerpt: "When kids are exposed to very high levels of chronic stress or adversity — or really intense and scary experiences — it actually changes the way their brains and bodies are wired. And that can lead to changes in brain development, changes in the development of the immune system, our hormonal systems, and even all the way down to the way our DNA is read and transcribed. And that is what can lead to this condition that's now known as toxic stress — and put folks at an increased risk of lifelong health problems."
Corey Tuner interviews Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and although she provides examples of what school can do to help students with trauma, she also makes a significant point that schools cannot shoulder the burden alone. Schools should be supported and work together with other community partners to combat this public health crisis.
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