Brain Development and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Early Brain Development and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Directions: Watch the six (6) short videos provided below and carefully read the article, Racism Harms Children’s Health, Survey Finds. Take notes as your watch/read so that you can more effectively, efficiently, and successfully complete this assignment. The correct in-text citation for all required sources for this assignment are indicated below.

APA 7th ed. in-text citation format:
APA in-text citation format when the source is used at the beginning of a sentence: Author/Authors (Year).
APA in-text citation format when the source is used at the end of a sentence: (Author/Authors, Year).

Racism Harms Children’s Health, Survey Finds: Panko, 2017

Experiences Build Brain Architecture: The Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2011

Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development: The Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2011

InBrief: The Science of Neglect: The Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2011

InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development: The Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2011

InBrief: The Science of Resilience: The Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2015

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: TED, 2014

Use the content from all required videos and article to support your answers. Appropriately cite all sources in APA Style, 7th ed. This assignment must be in APA Style, 7th ed., including a title page, in-text citations, and references page.

Respond to the following scenario and questions:
Betsy, a 4-year old child, is having difficulty with aggression, attention, and sleep. These changes are recent and drastically different then her usual behavioral patterns. Betsy is now screaming and throwing food at lunch time and refusing to lay down and nap. Just as fever is an indication the body is dealing with an infection, when these behaviors are present, they can indicate the brain and body are responding to a stress or threat.

  1. How likely is it that something bad, sad, or scary has happened to Betsy recently?
  2. What specific concerns might you have about Betsy being exposed to stress or something that would be scary to her?
  3. Speculate how Betsy’s home life might have significantly changed recently.
  4. Speculate how your responses to 1-3 might now change if Betsy were a child of color.
  5. How likely is Betsy to have experiences at least one (1) Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)?
  6. If Betsy’s ACE(s) are not addressed, what are some of the potential long-term outcomes Betsy might likely experience later in her life physically, emotionally/socially, and cognitively?

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