Adverse childhood experiences retard mental development

By May 22, 2018In the News

Adverse childhood experiences retard mental development

Letters Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer (May 21, 2018)

The science is clear that adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, profoundly impact brain and child development. Removing a child from a nurturing parent is a strong ACE and this new policy is likely to have both short and long-term harmful consequences for the child.  In addition to the immediate cruelty of separation, many children will experience changes in brain neuropathways, epigenetic profiles and immune system dysfunction.  These changes result in life-long behavioral, mental and physical health disorders.

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