Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
A study conducted by the CDC found that approximately 64% of children experience at least one adverse experience and 20% experience 3 or more. In addition, it was found that adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are strongly related to development and prevalence of risk factors for health (e.g., obesity, smoking, drug use) and social well-being throughout the lifespan. Exposure to such events has been shown to increase the child’s short- and long-term social-emotional and behavioral struggles (e.g., anxiety, acting out behaviors, impulsivity, inattention, depression, etc.) and therefore often is misdiagnosed as another disorder (e.g., ADHD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder). Unfortunately, these children typically do not receive the appropriate treatment.