You were introduced to ACEs in Module 11. Now, you will look closely at the ten types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Click on https://acestoohigh.com/got-your-ace-score/
As you study the information, you may associate the ten types and begin to reflect on your own childhood experience. Complete the ACEs questionnaire to determine your ACE score.
Feel free to share your own experience as you feel comfortable. Whether you share from personal experience or not, this will give you a deeper understanding of what determines ACEs. How does this knowledge help you to provide support for children enrolled in your classroom or program?
Now that you know a little more about ACEs and how they are scored, watch the following video (https://youtu.be/bOoNIpr-7Tk) about Addie, an adult who has struggled due to Adverse Childhood Experiences. This is a powerful message of what adult life can and most often does look like when ACEs go untreated or unsupported. Note the statistics she quotes about ACEs scores of 6 or higher. These states are also discussed at length in the website you reviewed in step 1. These facts are astounding and important information for early childhood providers to know and understand.
Now that you have learned more about ACEs, it is important that you also understand how to differentiate. Negative behaviors are guaranteed to arise when working with or around ALL young children. However, not all children who exhibit negative behaviors have been exposed to ACEs. Likewise, not all negative behaviors require adult intervention. What behaviors warrant immediate attention? How will you know which positive guidance strategy to employ? Watch this video to learn more about positive guidance. Think about how positive guidance is described and what behaviors require an adult to provide positive guidance.
What should be the focus of the positive guidance strategy? Why?
What are two examples from the video for positively guiding children’s behavior? Provide two of your examples of ways of guiding children’s behavior.