Select Your Destination
 

< Feature Stories >

A week of Home Page Network feature highlights!

This is excellent news for both buyers and sellers!

Laurel Launches New Health & Wellness Center

Your fourth clue regarding our big announcement coming Friday, Nov 15th

Your third clue regarding our big announcement coming Friday, Nov 15th

UPMC Soldiers + Sailors hosts Safe Sitter course

The Eaton Calendar - November 12

Your second clue regarding our big announcement coming Friday, Nov. 15

Relay For Life Kick Off

Your first clue regarding our big announcement coming Friday, November 15th

Thanks to our Veterans for serving our country

Tigers Top Panthers, 42-0

 
 
 

Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Insight from Dr. Nicolle Mayo

 

by Dr Nicolle Mayo - November 4, 2019

The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study conducted in 1995 developed in response to doctors investigating why obese adults who lose weight end up dropping out of their weight loss program and putting all of their weight back on. Interested in examining any particular causes, the results of this study presented some surprising and incredibly helpful information based on the impact of how childhood background plays a role. As a result, this study has been influential in confirming how severe childhood experiences contribute to short and long-term impacts of physical and mental health, dysfunctional relationships, and self-sabotaging behaviors. Used in many trainings and cited in clinical literature, it provides a baseline for how to comprehensively assess problems in a child’s home, and even how to provide early intervention by recognizing the signs and symptoms of child trauma. See this link for more information on the background and implications of this study: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/index.html

Mansfield University Psychology Professor Karen Crisp and I recently presented information about the ACE study to increase educators’ awareness of their students’ backgrounds, as well as provide some simple intervention tools to working with kids.

Some impactful tools to use with children to help them navigate past trauma include:

1) Physical and emotional FELT safety of the child is so important. Connecting to kids is key, along with building a positive environment for them to express their hurts, fears, pain, and also joys, excitements, and accomplishments.

2) An awareness that anything could be a trigger to trauma for kids breeds understanding when educators see distress, learning difficulties, poor impulse control, and self-sabotaging behaviors (among many other symptoms).

3) Giving children a voice by asking about their perspective, rather than blaming them for behaviors we have no contextual understanding of is essential.

4) Children need help regulating their emotions, especially if they are survivors of trauma. Because their fight or flight system is compromised after adverse trauma experiences, they need help learning to identify, acknowledge, and express their emotions appropriately. Adults can be great models for this learned behavior.

5) Children need support from trusted adults; if they know that they have a team of people rooting for them, they have a greater chance of overcoming adversity.

These steps introduce ways for caring adults to help support children. Although simple, they are quite impactful, especially when the child has very little or no support from any other adults.

Credits:

Videography: Ethan Chabala

Video Editing: Ethan Chabala

Writing: Dr Nicolle Mayo

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by C&N, Akiko’s

< Current Stories >

 

See More Stories From This Channel

 

Insight from Dr. Nicolle Mayo

November 4, 2019

 

Tactfully and sensitively addressing weight issues with loved ones

October 4, 2019

 

Dr. Mayo discusses the cautions & benefits of Facebook

August 15, 2019

 

Developing your emotional IQ and improving your relationships

July 10, 2019

 

Learning to do it in a clear, simple, and accurate way.

June 6, 2019

 

Dr. Mayo continues her series on emotions

May 23, 2019

 

Understanding the spectrum of human emotion

April 1, 2019

 

How does your mother's brain work?

February 27, 2019

 

Mental health should be a priority for moms.

January 24, 2018

 

Getting out in the green is good for you in more ways than one!

June 14, 2018

 

Let's work together to end all forms of child abuse

May 22, 2018

 

This month is dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse

April 11, 2018

 

Music's powerful influence on our bodies & mental health

March 14, 2018

 

Improve your relationships with better communication

February 2, 2018

 

Dr. Mayo encourages us to give this gift that keeps on giving!

January 2, 2018

 

Dr. Mayo shares how gratitude can affect our health for the better!

November 28, 2017

 

Take note, then take action

November 8, 2017

 

How mnemonics and other resources can help Alzheimer's patients

October 10, 2017

 

Children build friendships, exercise, healthy diets & fun at Fit For Life!

August 11, 2017

 

Presentation from National Drug Court Institute addresses addiction

July 25, 2017

 

Dr. Nicolle Mayo sheds light on the topic of E.I.

July 17, 2017

 

High schoolers empowered during MU's Summer Leadership Academy

June 27, 2017

 

Stress affects us all, but it doesn't have to be crippling!

June 22, 2017

 

A race to remember!

June 21, 2017

 

Meet a few of this year's Queen Candidates!

June 16, 2017

 

Enjoy the symphonic melodies of familiar tunes this summer!

June 15, 2017

 

Don't underestimate the benefits of proper sleep

May 2, 2017

 

There's more to us than "intro" and "extro"...

March 17, 2017

 

It's not too late to turn around your resolutions!

February 10, 2017

 

Dr. Mayo explores the pros & cons of gaming according to research

December 9, 2016

 

Dr. Mayo shares how gratitude can affect our health for the better!

November 23, 2016

 

MU Psych Students learn from Q&A time with MU Alumni Panel

November 17, 2016

 

Dr. Mayo explores students' thoughts on the pros & cons of gaming

October 26, 2016

 

The neuroscience behind why using your cell phone feels good

August 31, 2016

 

Dr. Mayo presents the 8 warning signs of smartphone addiction

July 29, 2016

 

Dr. Mayo shares the benefits of enjoying a daily dose of laughter!

June 29, 2016

 

Applying research to the REAL world of psychology

April 28, 2016

 

Watch out for these four figures when communicating with others

March 30, 2016

 

Today on MU Psych Central: advice from Dr. John Gottman & more

February 24, 2016

 

A Journey into Positive Psychology

February 2, 2016

 

Fight holiday stress with modest expectations and proper self-care

December 18, 2015

 

MU offers new psychology concentration: Forensic Psychology

November 24, 2015

 

Beat winter anxiety and depression with activity and fellowship...

October 6, 2015

 

Reducing the negative outlook through awareness and education

September 4, 2015

 

Susquehanna Behavioral Health providers shed light on mental health help

August 5, 2015

 

Is it possible to find a job in Psychology?

June 15, 2015