In this episode, we explore adverse childhood experiences (ACES), or early trauma, resilience in kids and how parents and caretakers can take an active role in supporting children throughout childhood.
Dr. Kelly Fradin explains what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) are all about and how they may lead to negative health outcomes for children. She adds we cannot prevent all ACES, rather understanding how trauma affects the brain in the body is essential to optimizing physical and mental health.
She talks about how having difficult experiences in childhood may spur coping skills that serve kids well in life. These experiences can help them find meaning in overcoming difficult situations and grow their self-esteem.
Dr. Fradin talks about the medical conditions under the ACES or small trauma category around food and nutrition. According to her, picky eating is a common one.
She encourages parents with picky eaters to seek the services of a dietitian, a speech and swallow therapist, or a feeding therapist because they can offload some of the stress and pressure they are putting on themselves. She recommends getting a plan they can follow and get support. Doing so can help them focus their energy on making the mealtime a positive experience.
Children who experience more stress have a higher risk of substance use disorder, depression or anxiety. If you want to know more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), this is the episode you don’t want to miss.
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What You’ll Learn About Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Resilience:
- What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) are all about
- How children who experience difficult experiences can develop coping skills and self-esteem
- Why mealtimes are stressful to some children and how to overcome this
- The medical conditions that fall under the ACES or small trauma category around food and nutrition
- The long-term health impacts associated with ACES
- Impacts on health when multiple ACES add up
- How to deal with ACES when you suspect them in a child’s life
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- Information for parents/caregivers about ACES
- CDC resources about ACES
- TNC 29: Food restriction and Forbidden Food
- Does My Child Have ARFID?
- The Shop on The Nourished Child
- Nutrition for the Extremely Picky Eater Workshop