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PACEs Science

At PACEs Connection, we believe in following the research. In the last few years, researchers have started to examine the impacts of positive childhood experiences (PCEs) on children and adults. We at PACEs Connection are particularly interested in the in

PACEs Science: Spanish Videos

Videos in Spanish (Videos en Español)

  • Estrés Tóxico y Resiliencia
    [Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It]
    In this video, learn more about what toxic stress is, how it can affect you, and what you can do—both by yourself and in connection with your community—to deal with what you’re experiencing. Because even when toxic stress is caused by things you can’t control, like poverty, abuse, or racism, there are still ways both big and small to help you cope. (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
  • En Breve: El Impacto de la Adversidad Durante la Infancia Sobre el Desarrollo de los Niños
    [InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development]
    Translated into Spanish, this video and related brief outline basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress, which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture and permanently set the body’s stress response system on high alert. (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
  • La Ansiedad Tóxica y Una Infancia Desdichada
    [Toxic Stress from Early Childhood Adversity]
    Prolonged stress early in childhood has an impact on a child’s behavior and ability to learn, but scientists with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard also say extended periods of heavy stress, like those experienced by kids separated from their families at the U.S. border, may create life-long health problems. Chronic neglect, child abuse, or a sudden separation from parents—all situations that put a child’s stress response system into overdrive. Jack Shonkoff, MD, is a pediatrician who studies early childhood adversity and health.
  • Combatiendo el Trauma y Estrés en los Niños
    [Strategies to Fight Trauma and Stress in Kids]
    Death…divorce… abuse…What impact can trauma and chronic stress have on a child’s health? Developmental scientist at University of Florida, Melissa Bright, PhD, looked at surveys from nearly 100,000 parents with kids under age 17. The parents were asked if their children were exposed to any adverse childhood experiences. Bright said positive interactions and relationships can protect kids’ brains against the negative impact of these adverse experiences. Things such as face-to-face interactions, being responsive, and cuddling can have a positive influence. (Positive Parenting)