Executive function skills are important to effectively managing work and life. But what are the brain processes that make them work – or not?
There is a large, ongoing crisis that gets surprisingly scant attention in the media or from politicians. It is pervasive throughout the nation, affecting every demographic. It exacts a huge toll in terms of human misery, ruined lives and financial cost to society. It is the ACE crisis. Fortunately, we as individuals can play an important role in combating the toxic effects of childhood maltreatment.
Last week the Seattle Times ran a front-page story on Vincenzo Di Salvo, a Tacoma School District student who received Edge coaching in middle school and triumphantly graduated high school. Next fall he will become the first in his family to attend college. Vincenzo credits Pam Frazier, his Edge coach, as the single biggest reason he was able to turn his life around and graduate. His is an inspiring story of the power of resilience, coaching and caring to overcome even the most difficult challenges.
A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, concludes that parents who experienced severe trauma and stress during their own childhood are more likely to see behavioral health problems in their children. This shows a generational link between behavioral health issues of parents and their children. The support of teachers, coaches or mentors may have a key role in building a child’s resilience and mitigating the negative effects of childhood trauma.