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Defendants In Diapers? Immigrant Toddlers Ordered To Appear In Court Alone

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in...

Stop Separating Children from Parents at our Borders!

Petition from Mental Health Professionals: Stop Border Separation of Children from Parents! We would like you to remember what it feels like to be a child. To take a moment and remember how big and sometimes...

Trauma & Childhood Development

We know that childhood trauma can and does create lifelong health consequences. In our last post, we discussed what adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are and the importance of educating ourselves on this important topic. Now...

Arts Therapies Have Deep Roots, but Still Resonate Today

Creative arts therapies have roots that go back hundreds of years, but now are being used to deal with 21st-century problems. “The creative arts go back to shamanic times,” says Lisa Kay, an art therapist...
Childhood Trauma

Changing the Conversation

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Study): Changing the conversation from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” It’s a common misconception that what happens to you in the past, is just that,...

After Shooting, ‘Honor How Kids Want To Deal With Their Feelings’

With so much coverage of last week’s grisly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., students, parents and others are struggling to cope. Christine Sylvest, a child psychologist in Rockville, Md., has a unique perspective. She grew...
Teachers Aren't Prepared For Trauma

Panel Says Teachers Aren’t Prepared to Deal with Trauma in Children

A student who seems inattentive in class may not be inattentive at all,  one of the area’s leading experts on trauma-informed education said yesterday. “Maybe they’re just not attending to what you want them to...

Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good for Child Well-Being

A new study from researchers at Indiana University finds that raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would lead to a substantial decrease (9.6 percent) in the number of reported cases of child...
Mass Incarceration

Parents Locked Up, Kids Left Out: Who Really Suffers?

The American criminal justice system has created a culture of mass incarceration. As of 2015, the U.S. incarceration rate (698 per 100,000 people) was the second highest in the world, topped only by that of...
Childhood Trauma

How Childhood Trauma can Affect Mental and Physical Health into Adulthood

For millions of children in the U.S., poverty, neglect or abuse is a reality of everyday life, though these struggles are often hidden from view. Adult survivors often feel ashamed about and stigmatized for their...

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