What are ACEs?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years).” The definition is vague for a reason. ACEs can include a wide variety of events and conditions, including:
What Do ACEs Look Like?
And while those events we just listed likely fall into everyone’s “yes, that would be traumatic” category, ACEs are subjective.
To quote a movie soundtrack, “Some of us sail through our troubles; some have to live with the scars.” An event that may be mildly stressful for one child may threaten the mental health and stability of another. When a child processes life events as trauma, the short and long-term effects can negatively impact: