Child trauma occurs when children are exposed to events or situations that overwhelm their ability to cope with what they have experienced. Explore the resources in this section to learn more about trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on children. Find tips for identifying and supporting children and families experiencing trauma.
In this overview, learn about the impact of trauma and ACEs on children's development.
Trauma occurs when children experience an event or series of events that causes harm to their emotional or physical well-being. Use this fact sheet to identify the signs and symptoms of trauma and how to support children who experience it.
ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. They are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. In this fact sheet from the CDC, learn about the impacts of ACEs on health, education, and future employment opportunities.
Watch this webinar to explore the impact of trauma on children’s behavior, social and emotional well-being, and the health and wellness of adults in children’s lives. Learn about the signs and symptoms of trauma in young children. Identify strategies to promote resilience in children and the adults who care for them.
There are many adverse experiences that can cause significant stress in young children and their families. Examples include child abuse, neglect, separation from primary caregivers, family mental illness and substance abuse, and domestic violence. But children can thrive when families, early childhood programs, and home visitors understand the effects of trauma and toxic stress as well as the importance of building trusting, positive relationships.
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National Centers: Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Last Updated: November 2, 2020