Date(s) - Thursday, October 15, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Children who have experienced trauma are at significantly higher risk for an ADHD diagnosis and moderate to severe ADHD symptoms. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences such as child abuse and neglect, financial hardship, and domestic and neighborhood violence that may trigger chronic, toxic levels of stress in the body that further impair neurodevelopment, behavior, and physical health as a child grows.
Many of the symptoms of traumatic stress overlap with symptoms of ADHD, posing diagnostic challenges for clinicians. Although ACEs are reported across all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups, specific types of trauma, such as racial discrimination, are uniquely experienced by children of color and may potentially affect ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Pediatricians and other primary health care providers do not systematically identify ACEs in practice settings or routinely screen for ACEs during ADHD evaluations, increasing the risk for misattributing trauma symptoms as ADHD.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- How ACEs are defined and identified
- How specific types of ACEs may trigger or exacerbate ADHD
- The overlap between trauma symptoms and ADHD symptoms, and tools used to distinguish between the two
- How symptoms of traumatic stress present across different age groups, and what parents and other caregivers can do to address them
- Why it’s important to expand the traditional definition of ACEs to include childhood traumatic experiences, such as racial discrimination and bullying
- Resources and support to address childhood traumatic experiences
This training has been approved for 1 hour of foster parent training credit.
Instructor: Nicole M. Brown, M.D., MPH, MHS, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher and is the Chief Health Officer of Strong Children Wellness, a new pediatric primary care practice network that reverse integrates comprehensive pediatric care into existing child and family serving behavioral health and social service organizations. Dr. Brown formerly served as Assistant Professor in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research and professional interests center on enhancing care and service coordination for children who have experienced trauma and those with chronic mental health needs in the pediatric primary care setting. Dr. Brown completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and her pediatric internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She obtained a master’s in Health Sciences as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale School of Medicine.