ACEs Survey Reflecting on Results

Reflecting on the results

Much is written on what an ACEs score can tell an individual. Currently, there are more than 1000 books on childhood trauma listed on Amazon, most having a self-help/behavioral health care lens.

In Anna Age Eight, we focus on what the ACEs scores tell us about the city and county we live in, and more importantly, its commitment to the safety of children. We write about the ten vital services needed to prevent ACEs, services that could be put in place in every community if the elected leaders made trauma-free and thriving childhoods a priority. We provide a blueprint for our mayors, city councilors, county commissioners, school board members and state lawmakers to create a seamless local system of safety and trauma-informed care for 100% of our families.

ACEs scores in the classroom
ACEs and Traumatized Students
Instead of learning and socializing at school, in some classrooms a third to three-quarters of students may have three or more ACEs. They may be marginalized at school, perceived by teachers as being disengaged or acting out. Students may worry more about what adversity awaits them at home instead of doing math homework. Click above to learn their stories.*

*fictional stories

Unsurprisingly, the levels of adverse childhood experiences like those listed above can predict to a degree all kinds of risky behavior later on in life. If too many ACEs are experienced during childhood, pretty soon the risk of suicide, alcoholism, illicit drug use, prescription drug misuse, smoking, severe obesity, depression, risky sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted diseases go through the roof. Untreated trauma caused by ACEs may diminish one’s capacity to learn, acquire and hold down a job, have healthy intimate relationships, and be a successful parent.

ACEs scores in the classroom
Untreated Trauma on Campus
Students arrive to college or university with untreated trauma due to ACEs. Lack of academic achievement and low graduation rates can be the result of untreated trauma and the lack of accessible behavioral health care on campus. Click above to learn their stories.*

*fictional stories

Childhood trauma comes with high emotional and financial costs. There are a host of important questions to consider as we build the infrastructure to end childhood trauma. Consider the following one as a starting point: Are you willing to start a dialogue about trauma with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and elected leaders?


For more information on the ACEs survey, research, prevention strategies, and school, campus and workplace policies on ACEs, please contact us.