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August 5, 2017

Typical childhood fears disappear as they get older, however fear-inducing traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse or exposure to family violence contribute to lifelong impacts on wellbeing. Abuse causes chronic stress on the brain. Fear-triggering, threatening events that are frequent and repetitive contribute to physiological responses that affect learning, behavior as well as physical and mental health.

At the age of 6 to12 months babies develop the ability to form memories and thus begin to experience their first feelings of fear. The creation of memories, marks an important developmental stage in their lives. With the aid of memories they begin to shape their views of the world. Their brain learns and adapts through the experiences they have of their surroundings. 

In this sensitive yet pivotal phase of brain development, if the child is exposed to constant state of terror from abuse and violence, the optimal growth and functioning of the brain gets seriously hampered. Rep...

June 27, 2017

Volunesia, which means that moment when you forget you're volunteering to help change lives, because it is changing yours. Yes, that is exactly what my experience has been volunteering for Pinwheel Place. Deep inside I always knew I wanted to make a difference. When I read through the whole purpose of Pinwheel Place, it was very inspiring and I wanted to be associated with their mission in my own small way. With my desire and passion for writing, I took up blogging assignments to raise awareness of their philosophy. Every assignment has been a learning experience. Little did I know, that as I got myself more involved, I was not only touched by the harsh realities of abused children but I was coming to value and appreciate my life even more, I feel grateful for all that I am blessed with. I look forward to contributing and being the voice to support making a difference in the lives of the innocent victims. Lynn gives me the opportunity to explore and write on something new, and I challe...

June 4, 2017

There are many children like Kevin who are victims of maltreatment and carry deep scars, which are largely unrecognized throughout their lives. The key concept underlying the ACE Study is that stressful and traumatic childhood experiences can negatively impact almost every aspect of human life. 

Let's be cognizant of the effects of toxic stress from ACEs - 

Long-term effects on the body

Studies have found a strong relationship between the exposure to abuse or household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults. Childhood trauma has been directly linked to chronic lung disease, cancer, ischemic heart disease, skeletal fractures, liver disease, challenges with physical inactivity, and severe obesity.

Effects on child's developing brain 

Prolonged exposure to chronic stress and trauma can disrupt healthy brain development and induce changes in the architecture of different regions of the developing brain (e.g., amygdala, hippoca...

May 27, 2017

Adverse Childhood Experiences-Part 1

Kevin is 11 years old and has grown up in an abusive home. He has scars from being beaten and punched by his alcoholic father. Kevin is being raised in a family that lives below the poverty line and has to struggle even for regular meals. Kevin has painful experiences of seeing his mother being violently treated. He also has bad memories of his father being imprisoned in the past. Kevin is often humiliated, belittled, and yelled at. When Kevin started having frequent nightmares and his teacher suspected ADHD, the pediatrician screened him for Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, wherein Kevin got a high ACE score of 6. 

According to studies, what this would reveal is that compared with people who have zero ACEs, people with an ACEs score of 4 or more, later in their adult life have a 240 percent greater risk of hepatitis, were 390 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis), and a 240 percent h...

April 19, 2017

 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

It is a month to raise awareness and bring forth one of the leading concerns of the nation - Child Abuse. Let the spirit of the month inspire each one of us to jointly work towards preventing child abuse. Many children are victims of abuse and neglect and prevention is the key force in reducing violence. Scientifically child abuse has been linked to various medical, emotional and behavioral disorders. Imagine kids losing the happiest times of their lives - their innocence, creativity, curiosity, imagination and play being scarred by lifelong evils of fear, depression, stress, aggression and anxiety.

It’s high time we collectively raise our voices for the innocent victims of child abuse and support a cause to build loving homes where children feel loved, treasured and valued.

A conscious act from your side can make a big difference in a child's life. Nothing can be more rewarding and fulfilling. By getting involved you can definitely...

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