California: We Need ANALYZE Your Child for TRAUMA Before Entering School

Parents of California need to be on the alert.  The Newsom Administration is going to demand that before your child enters school, they MUST go through “a screening” for childhood trauma.  This will not be done by someone you choose, but by the government.  So, if a child talks about going to church and believing that abortion is murder, the government could consider that a childhood trauma.  In the extreme, take the child from the parents.  If you thought government mandating that poisons be put into your child was bad—this is a million times worse.

We need a movement, now to stop this threat to families and children.  As I have said before government believe your children belong to the State—not the parents.  Who is to decide what a trauma is—government?

“Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school.

“A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: ‘Here is the care plan for this child’s toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'” said Burke Harris, who was appointed California’s first surgeon general in January.

“It could be it shows up in tummy aches. Or it’s impulse control and behavior, and we offer a care plan. Instead of reacting harshly and punitively, every educator is trained in recognizing these things. Instead of suspending and expelling or saying, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ we say, ‘What happened to you?'”

Another reason to Recall Gavin Newsom—do it for the children.

California’s first surgeon general: Screen every student for childhood trauma

By Patrice Gaines, NBC,  10/14/19 

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school.

“A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: ‘Here is the care plan for this child’s toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'” said Burke Harris, who was appointed California’s first surgeon general in January.

“It could be it shows up in tummy aches. Or it’s impulse control and behavior, and we offer a care plan. Instead of reacting harshly and punitively, every educator is trained in recognizing these things. Instead of suspending and expelling or saying, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ we say, ‘What happened to you?'”

Burke Harris has dedicated her career to changing the way society responds to childhood trauma, which research has shown affects brain development and creates lifelong health problems.

“This involves public education, routine screening to enable early detection and early intervention, and cross-sector coordinated care,” she said at a hearing on providing care in schools held by the House Committee on Education and Labor in September. “The opportunity ahead of us is about a true intersection of health care and education.”

A study on youth trauma, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACES, was a landmark when it was published in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. The study specified 10 categories of stressful or traumatic childhood events, including abuse, parental incarceration, and divorce or parental separation; its research showed that sustained stress caused biochemical changes in the brain and body and drastically increased the risk of developing mental illness and health problems.

Burke Harris first noticed this connection while treating children at a clinic in San Francisco.

“One thing that tipped me off was the number of kids being sent to me by schools — principals, teachers and administrators — with ADHD,” she said, referring to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). “What I found was that many of the kids were experiencing signs of adversity, and there seemed to be a strong association between adversity and the trauma they experienced and school functioning.”

This finding spurred her to review the health records of over 700 of her patients. Her research team found that patients who had experienced severe trauma were 32 times more likely to be diagnosed with learning and behavioral problems than kids who had not.

Trauma in general leads to a surge in stress hormones. When this trauma goes unchecked and is sustained, it can disrupt a child’s brain development, interfering with functions children depend on in school such as memory recall, focus and impulse control.

“When we talk about the effect of ACEs on learning, part of the impact is on the child’s ability to sit still in class and … be able to receive and process information,” Burke Harris said.

She found that too often the children she saw at her clinic had been prescribed drugs that actually stimulated parts of the brain that did not need it — and children did not improve as a result. If the children had been diagnosed with ACEs, Burke Harris said she believes treatment may have been as easy as teaching them how to calm themselves down.

She recalled seeing a boy, 14, who had recurrent abdominal pain. Instead of testing for ulcers, she tested for ACEs and found he scored six out of 10. His parents were going through a divorce and his father refused to see him. Burke Harris said the teen had a number of support systems in place, and she added another.

“I said, ‘We are going to have you join a sports team,’” she said. “A month later his abdominal pain was gone and we didn’t have to have expensive tests.”

“When we are talking about addressing the root cause, science shows that safe, stable environments are healing for kids,” said Burke Harris, who is also the author of “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.”

“What research tells us is that sleep, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and a nurturing environment can reduce stress hormones and enhance the ability of the brain to recover from stress,” Burke Harris said. “As we’re thinking about how to help students be successful, we must recognize that PE and team sports are part of a comprehensive response to address ACEs. What we put in our kids’ lunches or provide in a school environment makes a difference in a child’s ability to regulate stress response.”

Toxic stress suffered by children because of ACEs can also result in health issues that cause absentism.

“The higher the ACEs score, the more likely a child is to miss a day in school,” Burke Harris noted. “Asthma is the No 1 reason for chronic absenteeism, and kids with four or more ACEs experience a higher percentage of asthma.”

In her congressional testimony, Burke Harris cited a pilot program in San Francisco in which students learn a form of deep meditation to reduce their stress.

“Not only did they see a reduction in school suspension rates and episodes of violence, but they also saw an increase in GPA and standardized tests,” Burke Harris told NBCBLK.

As California’s first surgeon general, Burke Harris sees herself as a leader in a national movement toward the creation of “trauma sensitive and trauma-informed” education programs that she hopes will lead to changes in school policies. She said she plans to travel the U.S. to call for a public initiative to address ACEs, which she refers to as “one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time.”

“Ultimately, as a doctor I don’t spend all day with a child,” she said. “Part of treatment is recognizing that everyone in the educational environment has an opportunity to administer buffering care for kids. That’s the power of a public initiative. Everyone from the superintendent to the teacher to the bus driver and the person cleaning recognizes and understands this information.”

“When you have a whole community making real change,” Burke Harris said, “you can have a big and lasting change.”

This story appears as part of coverage for “NBC News Learn Presents: Education Now Detroit,” a two-hour live community event supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. For more information, go to nbcnews.com/learndetroit.

About Stephen Frank

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Comments

  1. Does that include the melt downs of the terrible 2’s?

    Does that include the melt downs when they don’t get to stay up and play?

    Does that include the melt downs when they have to eat their veggies?

    I think you are getting it.

    The Democrats have made it clear they have fully adopted the Communist central planning that includes brain washing kids.

  2. You gotta love this politically inept state, some of the biggest morons control it and are running it into the ground. Recall Newsom before it’s too late!!!

  3. Mary Margaret Cunningham says

    When will the child be taken away from it’s parents and raised by the loving state. Shades of Hitler’s Youth or Mao’s little red book. When will they declare religion a toxic influence? Will your smart house report you if your child cries? When will your teen report you to gain it’s way? Calif lawmakers have too much time on their hands.

  4. Leftists everywhere use the same playbook. One of the tools they use
    is “mental health” for population control. If you hold differing views you
    are rejected and soon institutionalized.For the better good of course.

  5. Its beginning to resemble a game of Texas hold em’. It appears the state is using the law making apparatus to bolster their hand.How about you folks, do you have the cards or are you going to fold?

  6. Stay out of our children’s heads, you crazy socialist indoctrunating beaurocrats.. Do we rhink for one moment you will not convince our children if some fabricated, socialism influenced trauma fir which to remove the children from parental care.

    Children start preschool at 3, they are easily nuanced by suggestion. It would be like the curewnt imoeachment farce. You will suggest a crime and then search for evidence, until the parents run out of money fighting it, or the child is fully comvinced somethimg happened.

  7. WE NEED TO SCREEN SACRAMENTO FOR IDIOTS!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE POLLUTING THIS BEAUTIFUL STATE!

  8. This is sounding like Stalin’s Early USSR, or Mao’s China this is totalitarian. Kids are way too under attack. Leave them alone! This also creates the scenerio where the kids can be confiscated-removed from the home where they are not being properly indoctrinated.

  9. When you only focus on one thing…only trauma…you’re going to miss other causes.
    As the parent of someone with serious ADHD and learning disabilities, I am worried that kids will be misdiagnosed and their school careers harmed by such narrow minded thinking.
    Stop Newsom!

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