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Title: ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma) Pediatric Healthcare Toolkit
Date Published: 2019
Page Count: 63
Sponsoring Agency: Maine Health

Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2012-VF-GX-K011
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This tool kit provides knowledge and guidance intended to assist Maine’s healthcare providers and their teams in identifying and providing appropriate services to children impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Abstract: The urgency of this effort stems from the prevalence of ACE (one in four children in Maine have experienced ACE) and adverse long-term consequences of ACE. Children exposed to multiple ACEs have significantly higher rates of developmental delays, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral concerns. Adults who have experienced ACEs have higher rates of substance abuse, suicide, depression, and early death. Healthcare providers and their teams have the distinctive opportunity to understand, identify, and address persons with ACEs. Developmental screening with the Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC) is one of the ways to assess childhood development and identify ACEs. This can lead to the provision of resources that can promote healthy development. After providing an overview of the nature and effects of ACEs, the toolkit discusses the context and tools for identifying children who have experienced ACEs. Contexts for ACE screening include outpatient settings and pediatric healthcare providers. Tools for screening and identifying ACEs are described, followed by a separate major section of the toolkit on the administration of the SWYC. A section on treatment resources discusses the process of helping children heal after exposure to ACE, agencies trained in evidence-based trauma treatment, and when to refer a child with ACE to a behavioral health clinician. The toolkit’s concluding section reviews supporting resources available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) articles, the Center for Youth Wellness resources, and AAP/Defending Childhood Initiative posters.
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child Health and Welfare; Child protection services; Children at risk; Children Exposed to Violence; Healthcare; Healthcare workers; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Maine; Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); OVC grant-related documents; Pediatrics; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Risk and Protective Factors; Victim services
Note: This resource was updated in 2019. The OVC sponsored original version (2017) and 2018 update are available from the NCJRS Library upon request.
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