Oklahoma leads the nation in childhood trauma.
How are the scars we leave on our children affecting our state, and what can we do about it?
In this Tulsa World 8-day Breaking the Cycle series, we'll look at the science behind Adverse Childhood Experiences, examine some of those suffering from them and look at ways to address the problem.
Part 2: Soda, cigarettes and trauma: How Adverse Childhood Experiences alter brain chemistry, cultivate unhealthy habits and prompt premature death
An adult to trust. Tulsa grief therapist Jessica Orvis turns child counseling into art form
Part 1: The science is well established and should come as no surprise
Oklahoma ranks high for several social ills that have been linked to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) scores. A few examples:
'I've been there. I know.' Oklahoma's children top the nation in trauma suffered, and one survivor is doing his part to stop it
What is your ACE score and what does it mean? Understanding the consequences of childhood trauma
Part 3: 'All I ever knew.' Drugs. Alcohol. Jail. Oklahoma's children repeat the patterns of their parents
She was always there. A court-appointed child advocate forms 20-year bond with two sisters
Part 4: For many trauma survivors, the key is breaking down what happened to them. That’s what therapy and mental health programs like the Mental Health Association of Tulsa’s Walker Hall can do
Tulsa elementary school gymnasium feels more like sanctuary thanks to caring teacher
Part 5: After losing seven students in a tornado-stricken Moore elementary school, a counselor is helping Oklahoma schools become trauma-informed
One school district is leading the state and nation in approach to serving students grappling with chronic stressors
Central High School teacher advocated for Aylin Reyes once, now she advocates for children
Part 6: How a Tulsa real estate agent became Mama Linda to foster children
Part 7: Central High School football coach calls strenuous work with at-risk students 'the most rewarding experience of my life'
Part 8: What the leading voices for change say Oklahoma needs to reduce chronic childhood traumas
Tulsa World ACEs advisory board
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As our children encounter alarming adversity, adult caregivers in their lives play an indispensable role
Norman Public Schools set out to become “trauma-informed” from top to bottom, and now district and school site leaders say there’s no going back from the culture of respect and support they’re creating for all kids.
If a parent, for example, goes to prison, it becomes an "adverse childhood experience" for the kids and makes them more likely to struggle in school, have unwanted pregnancies, abuse drugs and alcohol and go to jail themselves someday, according to ACE studies.
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