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FEATURE

Adverse
Childhood
Experiences

A CAP Perspective
by June Elcock-Messam, MD, FAAP

T

his morning I squatted in my garden, pulling weeds and thinking about
how to put into words what I am feeling. As a Child Abuse Pediatrician
(CAP) my job is to be on the forefront of recognizing, treating and
preventing child abuse. The distress I feel when I am unsuccessful
in fulfilling my job as I see it is unbearable. Recognizing that this sadness and
stress is not good for my health, during difficult times, I turn to what calms
me down. After praying, I headed straight for my garden. If I am lucky today,
as I pull weeds, I will see some butterflies and a hummingbird might visit. It
turns out, today is a lucky day for me. After three hours in the garden, admiring
multiple species of butterflies and trying unsuccessfully to take photographs of a
hummingbird enjoying my bee balm plants, I am ready to think about and to write
about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs create an indelible imprint
on the lives of children who endure the unthinkable. Thankfully, with a trauma
informed approach to care (which can be provided in many different settings),
affected children can grow up to be happy, productive, well-adjusted individuals.
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