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ACES

Adverse Childhood Experiences

WV ACES COALITION

Adverse Childhood Experiences Coalition of West Virginia. The ACES Coalition of West Virginia includes over 70 different organizations and individuals working together to improve the health and well-being of all West Virginians by reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and preventing their occurrence.

UNDERSTANDING ACES

Explores impact of ACEs on child development.

PREVENTING ACES (INFOGRAPHIC)

Strategies to overcome ACEs.

ACES NEWSLETTER 

Aces Too High is a newsletter on current trends & topics in ACEs research.

TOXIC STRESS - HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Guide to identifying and preventing toxic stress.

WHAT IS COMPLEX TRAUMA: A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them

Information about complex trauma, how it can impact youth, both good and harmful coping strategies, and ways to improve. This guide is for youth who have experienced complex trauma or who know someone who has. Educators, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about complex trauma.

ACES

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

Research on improving executive functioning skills. Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION ISSUES IN KIDS: A QUICK GUIDE

Learn what executive functions are, the symptoms of executive function issues, how executive function issues are diagnosed, and how executive function issues are treated.

Executive Fuctioning
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PACEs

Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences

PACEs SCIENCE 101

Research on the impact of Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs).

RESEARCH STUDY

Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental and Relational Health in a Statewide Sample: Associations Across Adverse Childhood Experiences Levels

In this cross-sectional study, adults reporting higher PACEs had lower rates of depression and/or poor mental health and greater adult-reported social and emotional support after accounting for ACEs.

 

The proactive promotion of PACEs for children may reduce risk for adult depression and/or poor mental health and promote adult relational health. Joint assessment of PACEs and ACEs may better target needs and interventions and enable a focus on building strengths to promote well-being. Findings support prioritizing possibilities to foster safe, stable nurturing relationships for children that consider the health outcomes of positive experiences.

PACEs

RESILIENCE

Helping Children Handle Stress

RESEARCH ON BUILDING RESILIENCE - HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.

SCIENCE BEHIND RESILIENCE - HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Understanding why some children do well despite adverse early experiences is crucial, because it can inform more effective policies and programs that help more children reach their full potential.

STRENGTHEN RESILIENCE - HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Multiple lines of research have identified a com- mon set of factors that predispose children to positive outcomes in the face of significant adversity.

RESILIENCE: A POWERFUL WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ACEs

Center for Childhood Counseling report on the impact resilience can have on preventing ACEs.

BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

The aim is to create more fertile soil and a more vibrant tree to address, prevent and reduce the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences 

HELPING CHILDREN COPE & ADJUST AFTER A DISASTER

Strategy guide to help children understand the disaster and to promote effective coping strategies.

BUILDING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS WHEN TEACHING ONLINE

Guide for building social-emotional skills online with PreK-3rd grade students.

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH CHANGES RESULTING FROM COVID-19

Tips for teachers, caregivers, parents, and community leaders on modeling & building healthy coping strategies in children.

MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES & FATIGUE DURING COVID-19

Article addressing how to deal with increased fatigue during the Pandemic.

HELPING CHILDREN HANDLE STRESS

Guide for parents on how to teach kids to resilience & healthy responses to stress.

VIDEO: SUMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Attachment/Relationships in Infants and Toddlers

How do you promote resilience in young children in the outdoors? This 3 minute video shares how you can promote the protective factor of attachment/relationships in infants and toddlers.

VIDEO: SMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Attachment/Relationships in Preschoolers

How do you promote resilience in young children in the outdoors? This short video shares how you can promote the protective factor of attachment/relationships in preschoolers.

VIDEO: SUMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Initiative in Infants and Toddlers

This brief video shares how you can promote the protective factor of initiative in infants and toddlers.

VIDEO: SUMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Initiative in Preschoolers

This video shares how you can promote the protective factor of initiative in preschoolers.

VIDEO: SUMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Self-Regulation in Infants and Toddlers

This video shares how you can promote the protective factor of self-regulation (self-control) in infants and toddlers.

VIDEO: SUMMER STRATEGIES: Promoting Self-Regulation in Preschoolers

This video shares how you can promote the protective factor of self-regulation (self-control) in preschoolers.

VIDEO: THE CUPS, PITCHERS, & THE WELLS: The Path of Resilience

This video shares how you can promote the protective factor of self-regulation (self-control) in preschoolers.

RESILIENCE
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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING - FREE TOOLKIT & TRAINING

The Social Emotional Learning Toolkit, developed by The Education Alliance, provides age-appropriate strategies for supporting social emotional learning. Each grade level section includes research to consider as well as activities to implement with students.

Material Include:

  • Easy to use Toolkit for afterschool providers, faith-based organizations, coaches, local nonprofit agencies, and more

  • Age-appropriate strategies for supporting social emotional learning

  • Grade level sections with research to consider and activities to implement 

  • How To/Q&A sessions on May 5 and 12 to learn more and ask questions

VIDEO: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TRAINING - Elementary Students (Grades Pk-5)

VIDEO: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TRAINING - Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

Social Emotional Learning

SUICIDE PREVENTION

SUICIDE PREVENTION

CDC report on suicide prevention strategies.

YOUTH SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS

Guide for youth on identifying warning signs of suicide.

PREVENTING SUICIDE: A TOOLKIT FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

This toolkit contains strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health, including tools that respond to the needs and cultures of students.

988 - SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Learn more about the lifeline by visiting the link.

988 FACT SHEET

Learn more about the implementation of the new Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline number - 988.

2022 WEST VIRGINIA SUICIDE DATA

The latest statistics on suicide in West Virginia.

WV SUICIDE PREVENTION PLANS AND INITIATIVES

Learn more about suicide prevention plans and efforts in West Virginia, such as crisis lines and the implementation of 988, mental health parity, K-12 school suicide prevention, conversion therapy bans, University and college campus suicide prevention, and health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management

Suicide

VIOLENCE PREVENTION

PREVENTING YOUTH VIOLENCE

CDC report on community strategies to prevent youth violence.

PREVENTING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE & YOUTH VIOLENCE

CDC program for teens on preventing dating violence.

Violence Prevention
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