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Are you worried how children are coping with extreme levels of ongoing stress? 

We all should be. The more Adverse Childhood Experiences a child has, the more likely they will experience learning difficulties, emotional problems, and serious health concerns for a lifetime. Many aspects of the Covid19 pandemic are creating Adverse Childhood Experiences for a generation of children. They need resilience training.

Visit to learn more about how real people are finding their own resilience, building coping skills, and applying the 6 Building Blocks for Resilience in their own lives.


Like resilience, knowledge is a superpower. 

Many universities and organizations conduct research and offer education and information on emotional trauma, toxic stress, and its effects on children and adults. We’ve selected several resources below (used by permission from the Harvard Center for the Developing Child).

For more research and information on the impacts of toxic stress and resilience, please visit the Harvard Center on the Developing Child website.

3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body's stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. This video is part three of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. Also from the "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" Series 1. Experiences Build Brain Architecture: 2. Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry: For more information, please visit:
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Who is concerned about childhood Toxic Stress?


  • A school getting ready to re-open their doors post-pandemic.

  • A pediatrician seeking ways to reduce toxic stress for her young patient.

  • A foster care agency alarmed by the high rates of depression in the youth they serve.

  • A community worried about the fate of children raised in a high crime, violent neighborhood.

  • The parent who wonders how their child will cope with the death of a loved one, memories of domestic abuse, or the drug abuse of a family member.


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