In our May 7, 2019 blog, we introduced the term and concept of ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, along with its companion concept of Toxic Stress. Utilizing a graphic produced by the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, we began to address how ACEs and Toxic Stress are related.
In an effort to take a closer look at the notion, process, and impact of Toxic Stress, we once again turn to the Harvard Center for the Developing Child – this time utilizing the words of the Center’s Founder and Director, Jack P Shonkoff M.D.
On February 7,2019, Dr. Shonkoff testified in front of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation during a Hearing on Migrant Family Separation. In the attached six-and-a-half-minute video, Shonkoff gives a succinct and complete description of Toxic Stress and its potentially devastating impacts, especially on the developing brain of young children. It is clearly a must see for all involved with children and Families.
Robert B Hagberg LICSW
Clinical & Strategic Consultant