Toxic Stress

This is a very interesting article!

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Early childhood professionals face many challenges working with families and children.  One of the challenges I have recently become interested in exploring is the effects of exposure to stress and trauma on young children over time.  This type of stress is often labeled as toxic stress. Toxic stress is produced when a child is exposed to “strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity—such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness, exposure to violence, and/or the accumulated burdens of family economic hardship—without adequate adult support” (“Toxic stress: The,” 2013).  According to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2005), this prolonged stress can disrupt the brain development and can cause cognitive impairment which may last into adulthood (p.1). I was especially interested in researching this topic due to my work with at-risk children. I see many children who live in impoverished homes, which often have dysfunctional…

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