There is now strong scientific knowledge that can help explain why trauma and disruptions in a child’s life can have lasting impacts - yet it may still feel overwhelming as we begin to try to address these facts. Thankfully, the science also shows that negative outcomes can be mitigated by the love and caring of adults who ‘step up’ to help advocate for a child.
Dr. Stamm shares the impact of early stress experiences (Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs) on many aspects of health and well-being across the life span. Participants will learn the interesting research findings that first started the nationwide movement, highlighting the connections between what happens to people in their formative years and their later behaviors and potential health outcomes. There is also compelling new research that looks at the ‘upside of managing stress’ that fosters healing in ‘broken places’ called post-traumatic growth.
Dr. Jill Stamm is the Prevention and Brain Science Learning Specialist for Arizona’s Children Association and was the cofounder of New Directions Institute for Early Childhood Brain Development (NDI). She is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University and is a national and international speaker on brain development. She is an author of two popular books on early brain development, Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us, designed for busy caregivers, and her popular parent book, Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Panel of the Learning & the Brain Conference Series and part of a training group for the Neurosequential Model of Caregiving. She has two adult daughters, Kristin a neuroscientist, and Jenny, born prematurely with physical and developmental disabilities, but who has flourished with her mother's care and understanding.