Michael Yates of Ridgeview Behavioral Services will discuss Building Strong Brains—Tennessee’s ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Initiative on Saturday, August 5, at 10:30 a.m. It’s part of the free community mental health program series at Grace Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge. Yates’ presentation will focus on the effects of early childhood trauma on brain development, a press release said.
“Science indicates the structure of a young child’s brain is shaped by the interaction between genes and experience, and this can have a positive or negative result,” the press release said.
Science makes it clear that adverse childhood experiences can negatively impact the architecture of the developing brain, while children alternatively thrive in a safe, stable, nurturing environment of supportive families, caregivers, neighborhoods and communities, Yates said in the press release.
According to the Tennessee Children’s Services website, the Tennessee ACEs Initiative is an outgrowth of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, which found that exposure to such as issues as addiction, domestic violence, and depression in early childhood increased the risk for continuing the cycle of such issues in later life, the press release said.
This program will offer information of special interest to parents, educators, counselors, and others who work with children, but is open to everyone. Child care will be available.
Grace Lutheran Church is located at 131 West Gettysburg Avenue in Oak Ridge. For more information, call (865) 483-3787.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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