When a teen has been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition like reactive attachment disorder, they likely have had adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that impact their ability to form loving bonds with parents and caregivers. New Vision Wilderness is the nation’s leader in treating and understanding the neurobiological impact of these childhood experiences.
What is the ACE Score?
It’s a quiz that gives you hallmarks of early life stressful experiences in your child and helps you understand the risk factor for them for current and later health problems. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher their childhood, the higher their score is likely to be and the higher their risk for later health problems.
There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal and five are related to other family members. There are, of course, many other types of childhood trauma — watching a sibling being abused, losing a caregiver (grandmother, mother, grandfather, etc.), homelessness or surviving and recovering from a severe accident, etc. The ACE Study included only those 10 childhood traumas because those were mentioned as most common and also well studied individually in the research literature.